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From Larry Isaacs <>
Subject [ANNOUNCEMENT] Tomcat 3.3 Release Candidate 2
Date Fri, 12 Oct 2001 17:23:00 GMT
The second Release Candidate of Tomcat 3.3 is available for download 
and testing.  As a Tomcat 3.x release, it remains an implementation 
of the Servlet 2.2 and JSP 1.1 specifications.

This release of Tomcat 3.3 will be offered for vote to become
Tomcat 3.3 Final.  No code changes will occur prior to Tomcat 3.3
Final.  Should a show-stopper bug be discovered in RC2, it will be
fixed and an RC3 released.

Documentation updates will continue so that the documentation will
be as complete as possible, though not necessarily 100% finished.
There should be enough information present now to take advantage of
most of the features of Tomcat 3.3.  You may wish to check the
online documentation at:


for the most current information.  It will be kept current with
updates made to the documentation.

If you did not try the earlier 3.3 releases, the following 
additional information may help you make full use of this

1) The binary distribution has source for the connectors, but not for 
   the Tomcat container.  The source from the full jakarta-tomcat CVS 
   tree is available separately in the "v3.3-rc2/src" directory. 

2) The new class loader scheme in this release ignores your CLASSPATH 
   setting. Instead, you may add needed jars to Tomcat's "lib/apps", 
   "lib/common", and "lib/container" directories. See the tomcat-ug.html
   file in Tomcat's "doc" directory for details. 
   Also supported are two System properties: 
   which add their listed classes and jars to the jars in "lib/apps" 
   and "lib/common", respectively.

3) When using Tomcat with a web server, such as Apache, Tomcat can be
   configured to use the web server authentication, or have Tomcat
   authenticate the user itself.  The default is to have Tomcat do
   its own authentication.  Set tomcatAuthentication="false" on the
   Ajp13Interceptor in the server.xml file if you want use the web
   server's authentication.

4) Tomcat 3.3 now performs a validation check on your web.xml's by
   default.  This insures portability of you web applications.
   You may see errors reported if you port a web application from
   an eariler Tomcat that did not do this validation.  The validation
   may be turned off by setting validate="false" on WebXmlReader
   in the server.xml file.

5) The "sanity-test" is not part of the binary distribution like it was 
   with Tomcat 3.2.  However, it is available in "War" form (test.war), 
   along with the Watchdog JSP (watchdog-jsp.war) and servlet tests 
   (watchdog-servlet.war).  These are found in the "v3.3-rc2/apps" 
   directory.  Place these War files in Tomcat's "webapps" directory 
   before starting Tomcat. To simplify testing, these tests can be run 
   from the Admin web application. See the "readme" file in Tomcat's 
   "doc" directory for details. 

Please download this release and give it a try in your environment.  The 
source, rpms, and binaries may be found at:

Note: As of this moment, and netware connectors have not been added to
the web site. They will appear in the near future.

To log problems or bugs, as well as submit patches, please refer to: 

When logging bugs to Bugzilla, please specify the Product as "Tomcat 3" 
and the Version as "3.3 Release Candidate 2". Also, supplying a test case
will greatly improve our ability to address the problem.  Please do so if
at all possible. 

Larry Isaacs 

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