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From Geoff Meakin <sharkym...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: How a script can determine latest version of Tomcat
Date Thu, 04 Sep 2014 18:18:33 GMT
The current version mirrors link might help you eg:

http://mirrors.ukfast.co.uk/sites/ftp.apache.org/tomcat/tomcat-7/



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> On 4 Sep 2014, at 18:48, "David P. Caldwell" <david@code.davidpcaldwell.com> wrote:
> 
> I have a small program that downloads and installs an arbitrary
> version of Tomcat, using the API provided by Apache to select the
> proper mirror, and so forth.
> 
> The script currently takes the Tomcat version as an argument. My
> script provides a default (which in my case is the latest version of
> Tomcat 7), but I have to manually update that default whenever I
> notice a new version has been released.
> 
> What would be the best way for the script itself to determine the
> latest available version? Obviously I would give points for "easy" and
> points for "robust," knowing that those two things might be in
> conflict.
> 
> I can think of many horrifying ways to do it:
> 
> * loop through integers starting with the last known version,
> attempting to download 7.0.x, until getting a 404
> * scraping and parsing the HTML at
> http://archive.apache.org/dist/tomcat/tomcat-7/, which I expect is
> rather stable
> 
> So my challenge isn't coming up with *a* way to do it, but coming up
> with the best way.
> 
> Suggestions?
> 
> -- David P. Caldwell
> http://www.davidpcaldwell.com/
> 
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