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From Mark Thomas <>
Subject Re: Frequency of Tomcat Native releases
Date Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:20:04 GMT
On 03/10/2015 23:51, Justin wrote:
>> - ensure the changelog is up to date
> Looks like r1681506 could be logged.

Patch please.

>> - versions all correct in source
> $ find . -type f -exec grep '-H' '1\.1\.' '{}' \;...
> ./1.1.x/xdocs/index.xml:...<b>TC-Native-1.1.33 released</b></a>
> ./1.1.x/xdocs/index.xml:... availability of Tomcat Native 1.1.33 Stable.
> ./1.1.x/xdocs/news/2015.xml:... TC-Native-1.1.33 released">

Looks good.

>> - select and document APR & OpenSSL versions
> Please update APR from 1.5.1 to 1.5.2.

Patch please.

> Please update OpenSSL from 1.0.1m to 1.0.2d.

The last release we did we decided it was to early for 1.0.2. I'd be
prepared to move to 1.0.2 now but that needs confirmation on the dev
list. A separate patch for this should be enough to start that discussion.

>> - check everything builds correctly
> You'd get more volunteers if building APR didn't require MSVC 6.0 or however you build

Did you read the how to build tc-native page? MSVC is not required.

> In fact, it'd be nice to see many of these projects adopt Gradle and do away with many
of these old build tools.

The toolchain used is driven by the desire to produce Windows binaries
that do not have a dependency on a specific msvc runtime. In the past we
have had all sorts of difficulties when the JVM depended on a different
version to Tomcat.

I certainly would not object to anything that made the build process
easier for new people to figure out as long as that does not mean
sacrificing the msvc runtime requirement.

> I tried to build Tomcat Native once from repository and found my version of Python was
too new.

I have no idea what you were trying to build but Python is not - and has
never been as far as I am aware - a dependency for any Tomcat build.

> Gradle allows the flexibility of MSVC, GCC, clang.

I have no strong opinion on which build tool is used to simplify the
current process. If you known Gradle and want to produce a patch then go
for it.


>      On Friday, October 2, 2015 5:15 PM, Mark Thomas <> wrote:
>  On 02/10/2015 19:01, Justin wrote:
>> Can we see more frequent releases of Tomcat Native, especially since
>> it statically links OpenSSL on Windows? I was hoping to see a new
>> release included in Tomcat 8.0.27. There have been a number of
>> changes to both Tomcat Native 1.1.x and OpenSSL 1.0.2. 
> I've done the last few tc-native releases because they reached the point
> where they really needed to happen. tc-native isn't my area of expertise
> so I'd be more than happy to see someone else take this on.
> More frequent releases are certainly possible and very much the way we
> should be aiming to do things as an Apache project. "Release early and
> release often" is the goal.
> What contribution are you (or anyone else reading this) willing/able to
> make to help this process along?
> The tc-native release process is documented (ish) here:
> and
> Off the top of my head things that need to be done / checked:
> - ensure the changelog is up to date
> - versions all correct in source
> - select and document APR & OpenSSL versions
> - check everything builds correctly
> Confirmation that any of the above is ready to go or patches to fix
> things if there are gaps will move a release forward.
> I can find the time to apply patches and turn the handle on the release
> if others can do the work to ensure that svn is in a good state to release.
> It is a fairly safe bet that anyone helping out substantially on the
> release is going to find themselves with an invitation to become a
> Tomcat committer and the RM for the next release.
> Mark
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