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From Mark Thomas <>
Subject Re: Tomcat and "JDK Compatibility"
Date Tue, 24 Jul 2012 20:17:55 GMT
Christopher Schultz <> wrote:

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>On 7/24/12 12:14 PM, Mark Thomas wrote:
>> On 24/07/2012 16:11, Christopher Schultz wrote:
>>> All,
>>> The Tomcat documentation says somewhat tangentially that Tomcat 
>>> requires a JDK (instead of a JRE). I believe this has not been 
>>> true for quite some time.
>>> Check the very first "requirement" for installation on these 
>>> pages:
>>> Is there any reason not to change "JDK" to "JRE" (and probably 
>>> mention that a JDK in fact contains a JRE)?
>> Yes. That is the application development section for which a JDK
>> is required.
>Surely a (simple) web application can be developed without a JDK,
>right? If you work entirely in JSP (a nightmare scenario IMO), then
>you don't need a JDK.
>I'm asking because these pages (specifically) have been used to
>justify the rumor that Tomcat requires (or even prefers) the JDK to
>the JRE. Honestly, when I read it, I was surprised to see that it said
>JDK even though that page is, as you say, just for application
>development. It's obvious to me that, though the page mentions CVS, it
>is certainly not required to develop (nor deploy) web applications for
>use on Tomcat. The same can be said for JDK versus JRE.
>Do you think there would be any objections to clarifying this point on
>that page? I'd be happy to provide a documentation patch.
>- -chris
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