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From Costin Manolache <>
Subject Fedora "tomcat"
Date Sun, 16 May 2004 15:23:37 GMT

I don't know if you saw it, but Fedora ( the free Redhat distro ) 
includes now tomcat-4.1.27. I think this is a big problem and we should 
be aware of it - the "tomcat" they distribute uses the worst layout, 
doesn't start like any other tomcat, it seem to run out of file 
descriptors about 900 requests - the list can go on.

They are using GCJ and native compilation - a very good thing IMO, 
however I think users will be very confused if they would use their 
"tomcat" and assume the real tomcat is as bad. Many people just use 
whatever is conveninetly included in a distribution, and few understand 
the distinction.

I don't know if you want to do something about it - Henri used to 
maintain RPMs for tomcat, maybe we should include links to them or the 
rpms themself in the distributions ( if you want tomcat RPM, please use 
this and not the hacked one in distributions ). The benefit will be that 
if a linux user has questions or problems - someone could tell them 
"look in $TOMCAT_HOME/conf/..." instead of "try to find where is the 
configuration file in your variation of tomcat".

Opinions ? I'm beginning to understand Sun's position on Java 
redistribution and open source ....


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