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From Paul Gross <>
Subject Tomcat, the JRE, and a CD-ROM
Date Fri, 04 Jan 2002 00:28:34 GMT
Here is a strange question for anyone who thinks that they can help 

I am trying to send a runnable version of my web application on a CD, 
so that it can run entirely from the CD, without installing anything on 
the user's machine.

I plan to do this by having a copy of the JRE plus my web app (JSP 
files, Servlet claass files etc) on the CD, and pointing both JAVA_HOME 
and TOMCAT_HOME to the appropriate direcories on the CD.

I have tried an experiment on my hard disk by setting JAVA_HOME to my 
JRE version 1.3.1, and my Tomcat 3.2.1 seems OK with this.

When Tomcat starts, my pages still work - it does not seem to need the 
Java compiler, and so it seems reasonable that a CD would work as well.

What I don't want top do is to burn a set of CDs, mail them out, and 
then find that there is some other limitation built-in to Tomcat that 
requires the use of the JDK instead of the JRE.

Has anybody had any experience with this, or can anybody think of any 
likely pitfalls?

Also, would it be possible to leave out the JSP files from the CD, and 
just use the compiled servlet code?

Thanks in anticipation,


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