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From Christopher Schultz <ch...@christopherschultz.net>
Subject Re: Tomcat 4 Maintenance & Security Patches
Date Fri, 12 Dec 2008 19:48:50 GMT
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Andrew,

Andrew Feller wrote:
> QUESTION:
> How often is the Tomcat 4 branch updated with security & bug fixes?  As
> often as issues are uncovered in newer versions?

- From the front page of tomcat.apache.org:

"The current status of all Tomcat versions is maintained on the wiki."

The link to the wiki sends you to
http://wiki.apache.org/tomcat/TomcatVersions which I believe answers
your questions.

You might want to ask the software vendor about compatibility with
Tomcat 5.5 or 6.0. Tomcat 6.0 has been available for over 2 years,
Tomcat 5.5 available for more than 8 (!).

My experience was that moving from TC 4.1 to 5.5 was as simple as
dumping all app-specific configuration from server.xml (basically,
starting over from scratch with the vendor-supplied config) and moving
that configuration into my webapp's context.xml (which is a
Tomcat-specific deployment descriptor of sorts). I suspect that
upgrading from 4.x to 5.5 or even 6.0 won't be too bad. The servlet
specification itself is backward-compatible for all but the most
esoteric issues.

- -chris
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