Re: Which version of Tomcat?

Lew <>
Tue, 09 Jan 2007 19:29:00 -0500

meemee wrote on 09.01.2007 19:48:

 At, under CORE are 3 options:

zip (pgp, md5)
tar.gz (pgp, md5)
Windows Service Installer ( pgp, md5)

Which one do I download for XP and whch one for Linux? and .exe are two of the traditional distribution formats for Win.
..tar.gz (also seen as .tgz) and .bin are two of the traditional distribution
formats for UNIX.

In each case, the first format is an archive and the second an executable.

You will see this bifurcation on many sites.

The "pgp" and "md5" links are text files containing verification information
for their respective files. The first is a digital signature, readable with
PGP and GPG. The second is an MD5 hash value, to compare to the results of
running the "md5" utility on the downloaded file.

Thomas Kellerer wrote:

As Tomcat is implemented in Java, you can use the core download for
Windows and Linux. If you need to run Tomcat as a Service in Windows (it
needs to be running even when nobody is logged in), then you should
download the Windows installer.

Incidentally, if you want to use your Windows Tomcat with Netbeans, you will
need batch files that come with the core download (.zip) but not the service
installer (.exe). Netbeans itself will supply those files if you have
installed the service version, but this goes against the point of having a
service. Netbeans likes to start and stop the Tomcat server; the service
approach is more for constant availability scenarios.

- Lew

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