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From Jacob Kjome <>
Subject Re: free servlet directory gateway w/ tomcat installation instructions
Date Sat, 01 Mar 2003 18:14:31 GMT

Why do you recommend putting the two required jar files ( ldaphttp.jar and 
ldapjdk.jar ) in CATALINA_HOME/shared/lib?  Why not just add a WEB-INF/lib 
directory to your .war archive and put the jars in there.  It makes for 
much simpler deployment and fewer instructions.

Also, why not have a default working example already set up and ready to 
go?  As it stands, the .war file you have isn't deployable without some 
additional work.  Why not just set it up so that it works by simply 
dropping it in CATALNIA_HOME/webapps and something can actually be viewed 
by default?  It would make it more clear how things are supposed to work.

Just my $0.02


At 10:37 AM 3/1/2003 -0600, you wrote:
>I am an independent software developer and consultant. Last fall I 
>released a free and open source software product that I think some may be 
>interested in. You can find out all about it at:
>My central offering is a framework for building efficient MVC web 
>applications using web servers, directory servers, and Java servlets. I 
>deliver with it a directory gateway application that enables users to 
>retrieve, create, delete, extend, update, and link entries in directory 
>databases through web interfaces. It was developed in a contractual 
>engagement and is currently being used in a high-vis production capacity 
>within an mid-size enterprise. I intend to add some key capabilities in 
>the coming year, and will launch subscription web services of my own 
>design sometime afterwards.
>I have now reconfigured the delivered software to be installed with a .war 
>file, and have included specific notes for Tomcat installation. You can 
>find this (and some commentary which *may* be of interest to you) at:
>I request your feedback on these installation instructions. In particular, 
>I want to make sure there is not a community or technical reason for 
>aversion to putting packaged software in the [CATALINA_HOME]/shared/lib 
>Most of my previous servlet engine experience has been with the 
>Netscape/iPlanet/Sun ONE family of web servers. However, in the interest 
>of open source I have migrated my development environment to Apache/Tomcat 
>to complement Linux and OpenLDAP. FWIW, I so far find Tomcat to be 
>superior in capability and support to the Sun offering, but with some 
>shortcomings in stability and complexity both with the application itself 
>and with the (still evolving) space of connectors. I am committed to the 
>approach overall, and will provide feedback and support when possible. 
>Thank you for any interest and feedback, and please keep up the great work.
>Jon Roberts
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