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From "Caldarale, Charles R" <>
Subject RE: Moving Tomcat
Date Thu, 04 Jan 2007 18:29:24 GMT
> From: Steve Ingraham [] 
> Subject: RE: Moving Tomcat
> Here is a list of the .jar files in 
> /usr/local/src/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.9/common/lib:

The noted jars are all part of the standard Tomcat distribution.

> There is one file in 
> /usr/local/src/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.9/common/classes/:

The above is not part of the standard distribution (at least not the
current one).  It would be there to define a standard logging
configuration for all of your webapps.  You will need it in the new
server installation.

> Here are the files in /usr/local/src/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.9/server/lib/:

Again, these are all part of the standard distribution.

> There are no files in the 
> /usr/local/src/jakarta-tomcat-5.5.9/server/classes directory.

That's normal.  That directory is typically used only to override a
class in a server/lib jar with a patched version.

> can I then assume everything needed is going to be
> found in the /usr/local/src/ directory under the
> various appropriate directories?

Assumptions are always suspect, but in this case the app environment
seems to be relatively straightforward, so that's probably safe.

> Other questions, could I download tomcat and java fresh onto 
> the new server that I am moving the web site onto?

I would, but it does open up the potential for introducing
incompatibilities that you may not have the experience to deal with
handily.  You could try it, test everything you can, and fall back to
the older Tomcat and JRE versions if something breaks and it's not
readily fixable.

> If I download updated versions of these programs would the web 
> site function normally if I just copy the content files from 
> /webapps/online on the old server into the same directories 
> on the new server?  Or, would I have some additional 
> configuring to do?

You would need to compare all the .xml files in the conf directory tree
to look for differences and apply them when appropriate.  Tomcat comes
in a rather development-oriented configuration, and several properties
should be changed in a production environment.  This may or may not have
been done on the current server.

 - Chuck

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