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From Bernd Eilers <>
Subject catalina extensiblity, WAS: Re: catalina realms
Date Mon, 11 Sep 2000 17:02:52 GMT

Hi there !

> That is correct.  The "class path" for Catalina's own components 
> any Valves, Realms, and so on that you write) is the JAR files found in 
> "server" directory.

> The "lib" directory is the set of libraries that are exposed to web
> applications as shared components.

Well why we are just at the topic of what is 'exposed' as shared 
components and what is not.

I've always wondered why there are so many final and or private classes 
and methods in catalina in contrary to that catalina started with a 
mission description of being more extensible better embeddable core 

Why for example is it not allowed to derive from classes in the 
org.apache.tomcat.startup.* package to do some customized stuff eg. 
override start in a class derived from

It's an open source project there shouldn't be so much private methods 

> >
> > Paul Lamb
> >

> Craig McClanahan

Bernd Eilers

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