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From Mark Thomas <>
Subject Re: Upgrading to tomcat 8.5.41
Date Wed, 15 May 2019 08:16:44 GMT
On 15/05/2019 08:56, André Warnier (tomcat) wrote:
> On 15.05.2019 00:23, Jim Weill wrote:
>> We are currently running 8.5.32 on Server 2012r2.  I went to use the
>> upgrade tool before downloading 8.5.41 and the instructions say "If there
>> are no differences you will see an error page."
>> When I check for any differences, even going back to 8.5.0 compared to
>> 8.5.41, I get a "Forbidden You don't have permission to access /repos/asf
>> on this server".  Is this the error I'm supposed to expect....?
> Well no, obviously there is a problem with the page you mention above, I
> get the same error (and I don't think that was expected behaviour).
> For now, you will have to apply the "manual" procedure, which generally
> consist of :
> - stop tomcat
> - make a backup of your current tomcat directories (at least "conf")
> - install the new tomcat in either a new directory, or overwrite the
> existing one
> - then manually compare the files in the new "conf", with the backed-up
> ones.
> - bring over any "local" changes that you made previously to the "conf"
> files, into the new ones (and not the opposite). According to the
> upgrade notes, between different 8.5 versions, there are no breaking
> changes in terms of configuration parameters, but better safe than sorry.
> Problem description :
> click on the "View Differences" button under
> "Tomcat 8.5.x configuration file differences"
> Looks like someone forgot to authorise
> for the world.
> From, it looks like one needs to register
> first with an id, in order to use this tool.
> But this is not clear from the upgrading page.

Infra have disabled the function that this depends on due to high levels
of abuse (unrelated to our use) that caused availability issues for all
users. The intention is to re-enable function at some point but ther is
no firm timescale.

It is fairly easy to do the same thing with git on the command line.

Suggestions for an alternative solution welcome.


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