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From Christopher Schultz <ch...@christopherschultz.net>
Subject Re: Tomcat Upgrades Ignoring Existing Installs
Date Wed, 11 Nov 2015 23:09:23 GMT
Jonathan,

On 11/11/15 4:15 PM, Barrow, Jonathan wrote:
> We currently run Tomcat v7 in our environment. We use Shavlik Protect as
> our patching utility.
> 
> On all of our application servers we dedicate the C: drive to the
> Windows OS then we add an E: drive for all additional program
> installations such as SQL, Tomcat, etc. So, we have a decent amount of
> servers with Tomcat 7 installed on the E: drive.
> 
> When we scan these servers with Shavlik Protect, it is seeing that we
> have Tomcat security patches missing, for instance we have 7.0.63
> installed now and it’s showing that we’re missing the latest 7.0.65
> patch. The problem is when we push this patch using Shavlik Protect
> (which I guess uses a quiet mode) the Tomcat installer isn’t honoring
> our existing install on E: drive and it installs the latest version in
> the default path on C: which messes things up.
> 
> Is this a known issue with the installer running in quiet mode? This
> seems to be the only application (out of hundreds) that we can’t patch
> because of this sort of installer bug.

The Tomcat installer doesn't care about any other Tomcats installed: it
assumes you want to install a new version in a new location. It doesn't
detect old versions and attempt any upgrade. Instead, you get the new
version in the new location.

The installer can be told where to install. You just have to tell it
whee you want to install it. I'm no expert on the Tomcat Windows
installer, but I suspect when in "quiet" mode, you can easily specify
the target installation location.

-chris

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