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From Aaron Smuts <>
Subject RE: [PATCH] MinimalTomcat, Coupling, Bugs 6669, 6670
Date Mon, 25 Feb 2002 22:58:27 GMT
I'm very interested.  We should call it HouseCat.  I'd like to find a home
for it if it doesn't fit into tomcat.  

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christopher K.St.John []
> Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 5:35 PM
> To:
> Subject: [PATCH] MinimalTomcat, Coupling, Bugs 6669, 6670
>  I posted to the dev list earlier about needing a small,
> relatively lightweight version of Catalina to embed into
> another program. I spent the weekend putting together
> something that more of less fits my needs. (My needs
> include a relatively small jar, plus no use of the local
> file system) I ended up with a 260k jarfile of the catalina
> classes, plus another 75k or so of new Container classes.
> I suspect there's at least another 100k that can be
> trimmed.
>  I ran into a troubling amount of coupling between the
> various bits of Catalina. The o.a.catalina.* classes were
> fairly clean, but the implementation classes tended to know
> a lot about each other. That made reuse difficult, since
> inheriting from one of the core classes ended up bringing
> in pretty much every class (and external dependency) in
> Catalina.
>  The implementation classes obviously need to know
> something about each other, but there are an awful lot of
> hardcoded assumptions. The large number of casts makes
> it very hard to figure out what depends on what.
>  Instead of trying to make the core classes more generic,
> I ended up writing a new set of Containers and support
> classes. Using the existing Catalina code made that fairly
> easy, but much of the code re-use was necessarily of the
> cut-and-paste variety.
>  There were a couple of especially inconvenient couplings
> that are probably worth fixing, one trivial and one a little
> more serious. I've submitted both of these as bugs.
>  First, there's an uneeded import of org.xml.sax.AttributeList
> in o.a.c.realm.RealmBase. That one's not such a big deal
> since it doesn't matter at run time. The first of the
> attached patches removes it.
>  Second, there's a cast to StandardContext in AuthenticatorBase.
> The cast is needed because AuthenticatorBase wants to use
> the same debug level as its associated Context, but Container
> doesn't expose the any set/getDebug methods. It would be good
> to get rid of the cast because it's the only place that
> BasicAuthenticator makes assumptions about the exact type of
> its Context. The second patch just gets rid of the StandardContext
> import and cast. A better solution might be to move set/getDebug
> up into Container. Adding a Debug interface would work too, but
> that seems like overkill.
> The MinimalTomcat code is definitely alpha quality, and it's
> only meant to support the particular subset of Catalina that I
> happen to need right at the moment. It is not, and is not
> intended to be, a complete reimplementation of the Catalina
> core classes. On the other hand, it's substantially smaller
> and less complicated, while retaining the same basic architecture.
> If anyone's interested, feel free to email me at the address
> below, or respond on the list.
> --
> Christopher St. John
> DistribuTopia

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