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From Christopher Schultz <>
Subject Re: Upgrading Tomcat need some info
Date Wed, 25 Jan 2012 19:39:37 GMT
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On 1/25/12 6:53 AM, Josh Gooding wrote:
> I've been tasked here at work to upgrade Tomcat from 5.5 to 6.0
> since I'm the Tomcat guru here.

Any chance you could get them to go all the way up to 7.0? The
difference in migrating from 5.5->6.0 and 5.5->7.0 is pretty much
zero, but migrating twice will be roughly twice as much work
especially since you'll have to go through a rigorous testing period
where you verify that everything still works properly (right?).

> Does anyone know, if I take the 5.5 configuration (server and
> context.xml) and drop them into 6.0, will the 6.0 server start or
> are there things that have to be changed over?

They will not. Lots of listeners have changed names, disappeared, or
been added (as a default) between those versions.

> Also were there any ConnectionPool changes between v6 and 7?

Yes, but the configuration should remain the same, so you shouldn't
notice anything.

Your best bet is to do the following:

1. Make sure you are using META-INF/context.xml for all your webapps
   and not putting them into conf/server.xml.

2. Get the stock server.xml for your current 5.5 version and run
   a 'diff' against the server.xml you are running with. Note
   any differences.

   The only differences should be related to <Connector>,
   <Realm> (which really should be in META-INF/context.xml IYAM),
   <Engine>/<Host> and any clustering you have set up.

3. Get your 6.0 (or 7.0) version installed alongside the old 5.5
   version. Apply the changes from step 2 above to the new
   default server.xml. (might want to make a backup of the original).

4. Look at your old server.xml to see if you have any <Logger>
   configuration. Logging has changed entirely. You'll want to start
   by reading the logging portion of the users guide and then
   editing conf/

Ideally, your webapp should not have to change at all. It is possible
that certain defaults have changed from 5.5 to 6.0/7.0 in terms of
adherence to the servlet spec (for the most part, later versions are
more strict -- at least by default) and that might affect you,
especially if you use JSP heavily... that's where I've seen lots of
noise around tighter spec-compliance recently.

Good luck,
- -chris
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