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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: Finding out version number of an existing tomcat installation
Date Tue, 01 Jul 2003 15:15:47 GMT


>Can anybody tell me of a way to find out what version of jakarta-tomcat
>is installed on a system? More precisely, I need to know the
>I know that the installation is 4.1.xx
>If it helps, I think the installation date was Dec 19 2002

Programatically, via getServletContext().getServerInfo() in any servlet.
Manually, by looking at $CATALINA_HOME/logs/catalina.out.

>Having obtained this information, where can I then find a tarball of
>version? Does keep historical versions, and if not,
>can anyone point me to a place that does? The reason for these somewhat
>strange requests is that a developer who has now left my organisation
>failed to leave behind any documentation for his TomCat installation,
>I now need to compare his customised installations to a clean install
>that I can write some installation instructions.

The jakarta site typically keeps the latest stable binaries, plus
milestone/development/nightly builds.  So it's not guaranteed to keep
historical versions of all the products.  Other sites, such as ones that
maintain linux RPMs, may offer such functionality.  In any case, you can
ask on the list for a specific binary and likely someone has it and can
send you a copy.

Of course, all the builds are tagged in CVS so if you're comfortable in
that space you can rebuild any version of tomcat.

Yoav Shapira

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