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From Wolfgang Stein <>
Subject READ THIS First! Mailing-list archive and good tips
Date Mon, 07 Aug 2000 23:00:00 GMT
This mailing list is obviously not moderated. Let's help ourselves !

This will be posted TWICE a day so that new subscribers get informed.
Changes can't be incorporated before next Monday.

------------- Before posting any questions ... -----------------

- please search the archive contributed by Bob Tanner
  Search for short phrases of your server error messages.
  Search the archive again with better phrases.
  Spent some time for reading all relevant search results
  MOST beginners questions have been asked already !!!
  Another archive, started archiving later, contributed by 
  Philip J. Mikal

- RTFM. Start at

- There is no FAQ of this mailing-list itself.
  But there is a user editable FAQ
  which covers a lot of topics.

- Study the tomcat examples.
  Try out/put your first servlets into the /examples context and
  add an entry into /example/WEB-INF/web.xml

- Download the Servlet API 2.2 Specification at 
  which is not available online.
  It describes a lot of things like 'Servlet Contexts' and
  'Mapping Requests to Servlets' and is very usefull because
  Tomcat implements this Specification

- Examine your error messages for tomcat weakly related stuff like
  CLASSPATH problems
- This mailing list is no automatic problem solver.
  Try the steps above and try to help yourself first.
  Ask an expert in your company or school class.
  If all this does not help and you suffered for a reasonable
  long time feel free to ask for help in this list :-)
- !!! This mailing list contains a lot of VIRUSES !!!
  Don't trust anybody. Don't even trust this doc.
  If your are not absolutely sure, dont't open any attachments.
  Don't read the postings with a JavaScript enabled Client.
  There are some JavaScript viruses.
  Microsoft users:
  Disable all stuff like ActiveScripting etc.
  in your mail reader.  Be carefull with attachments,
  especially of type .exe .vbs (there are also
  some virus attachments like "livestages.txt.shs".
  The .shs extension disappears/is not visible under Win but
  represents an executable script which will execute when opened
  I don't know whether the 'show attachements inline' feature 
  will execute attachments automatically)

- Need more help ?
  - Search the archive again
  - Look at the FAQ
  - There is an archive of the messages on the Tomcat-Dev
    mailing list at
    where the jacarta tomcat developers discuss bugs, future
    tomcat releases etc.
  - There is a servlet related mailing list  
    Search its archive at
    Don't subscribe or you will receive hundred of messages a day 
    making you overlook your few important mails.
    Take this as an example of how the tomcat list 
    should not evolve.
  - Search DejaNews at
  - Look at jGuru, JCentral etc.
  - Search the whole Web with a popular search engine.
    Use one with advanced or boolean queries. Refine
    your query.
    As a developer of server applications you should know
    all about it :-)
------------- to be continued --------------------------------------

Maybe someone can put this into grammatical correct form.
We should be aware of the bigger this doc gets the more
it has to be maintained. 
It should be mostly a pointer to other resources and
a netiquette.

I am not sure how long this will work, but give it a chance.
I am sure that we will remember quickly when we take a look 
into our mailbox in the morning :-)

And please avoid too many comments on this doc, just refine
- Wolfgang Stein

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