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From Mark Claassen <>
Subject RE: Binary build procedures
Date Wed, 24 May 2006 19:56:16 GMT
Thanks again for the advice.

As it turns out there is a second motivation for building everything from
source, and that is so if something goes wrong, we can find the problem and
fix it.  If we go through all the hoops now, then we won't have this
additional problem when we are hurrying to fix and issue.

In light of this, I was wondering if there was a way to not include the
eclipse stuff.  Is there an option to use just the Sun JDK compiler?  I
doesn't look like that is an option in the build.xml file.  However, even if
it has to be included to make the build happy, is there a runtime
configuration for this?

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Yoav
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 5:14 PM
To: Tomcat Developers List
Subject: Re: Binary build procedures


On 5/23/06, Mark Claassen <> wrote:
> Thanks for your help.  I am convinced, however I am not the one that 
> needs convincing.  Do you have any idea if other companies trust the 
> binary builds?  (Is this 'paranoia' unique to my company?)

It's not unique to your company, but in the minority AFAIK: in my
experience, almost every company I know that uses Tomcat uses the binary
builds.  People tend to use the source builds only for customizations,
redistributions, etc.

> So I have all my ducks in a row, I have been looking into the src and 
> binary distros a bit further, I noticed the tomcat-native library is 
> included as source in the binary distro as a tar.gz file.  Is this a 
> necessary component of Tomcat?  What is it for?  The only platform 
> specific files I found in the binary distro were the scripts and the
Windows startup executable.

The native connector is not a necessary component, it's optional.
RTFM it at


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