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From "Bryan Rood" <>
Subject RE: What is Tomcat 6 status?
Date Fri, 29 Jun 2007 00:19:04 GMT

I don't understand where the confusion lies in the first question.

At, you see that under "production quality releases",
version 6.0.13 is listed as well as 5.5.23. If you don't need JSP Spec
2.1, then you can use 5.5.23, if that factor doesn't matter, than just
deploy 6.0.13. We are currently using 6.0 in production and it is stable
for our company. There is documentation available as well that describes
what to do for tomcat servers running in production. Those
recommendations should be followed as well.

I cannot speak to the other topics. Maybe someone else can.

Bryan Rood

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Jouravlev [] 
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 4:56 PM
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: What is Tomcat 6 status?

Tomcat 6 status is not quite clear from Tomcat website. I want to use
the latest possible release because we need to lock on; upgrading
later down the road would incur administrative complications.

Tomcat 6 docs page says that "Apache Tomcat version 6.0 implements the
Servlet 2.5 and JavaServer Pages 2.1 specifications", how complete
this implementation is? Should I assume that because build 6.0.13 is
not explicitly marked as alpha or beta, it is a stable build?

"Which version" page does not really clear things up, even more,
Tomcat 5 seems like the best choice since it is stable and relatively
up-to-date. Entries for Tomcat 4 and Tomcat 3 recommend to upgrade to
Tomcat 5, but not to Tomcat 6.

To summarize, I would prefer a most recent yet relatively stable
version. From administrative point of view, it is much simpler to
upgrade to a next point version than to a next major release, so I
would rather start using v. 6 if it is stable enough. Any advice? I
searched Tomcat mailing list for "Tomcat 6 status" and did not find
anything specific.

Also, do I have to download JSTL implementation libs separately? Saw
these libs in webapp samples folder. Any reason why these are not
included as standard libs? I understand that JSTL is just a spec, but
servlets and JSPs are specs as well. The whole point in Tomcat that it
_implements_ SRV and JSP specs. Why JSTL is not implemented by

Also, what is up with JSF support? tomcat/lib directory does not
provide even interface libs for JSF. Not that I am going to use JSF, I
just wanted to find out what the status is. RELEASE-NOTES in the
download zip file do not help much.


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