manual tomcat install versus apt
hawat.thufir at gmail.com
Sat Jan 24 14:57:42 GMT 2009
On Tue, 20 Jan 2009 21:04:37 +0100, Thierry Carrez wrote:
> Thufir wrote:
>> On Sun, 18 Jan 2009 19:59:32 -0500, John DeCarlo wrote:
>>> On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:49 AM, Thufir <hawat.thufir at gmail.com>
>>>> why don't the apt-get commands at:
>>>> https://help.ubuntu.com/8.10/serverguide/C/tomcat.html script the
>>>> install process which the howtogeek site lays out? Is there a
>>>> security concern which the help.ubuntu.com directions are trying to
>>> I ran into this issue years ago. I could never get a useful answer
>>> and gave up. Besides, you get access to a newer version if you
>>> install by hand.
One of the points I'm trying to get across is that it's not just me.
> If the howto you refer to is  then it was written even before the
> Tomcat 6 packages were added to Ubuntu. It details how to download a
> Tomcat binary from the Apache website and manually deploy it under
>  http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/linux/installing-tomcat-6-on-ubuntu/
Yes, this is the how-to I followed. However, let's ask: why is there
even such a how-to? why wouldn't it just advise to use apt-get?
> The instructions in the server guide  are about installing the
> tomcat6 package from the Ubuntu repositories. You then benefit from the
> bugfixes and updates that we provide to our repositories contents. It's
> also so much simpler to just run "sudo apt-get install tomcat6".
>  https://help.ubuntu.com/8.10/serverguide/C/tomcat.html
> The security concern would be that if your manual install is affected by
> a vulnerability (which is the case for the 6.0.14 recommended in your
> howto) you have to learn about it and update the software manually. By
> using the official Ubuntu packages you get the security fixes in the
> regular update process.
Ah, by security concerns, that's not what I meant. Sure, I'd love to use
apt-get to install tomcat, as would others. However, the apt-get method
installs tomcat strangely, and because of this strangeness myself, and
others, opt to instead install it manually.
Again, manually installing Tomcat works fine, but using apt-get causes
strangeness. For that reason, I, and others, as evidenced by the mere
existence of how-to's on the topic, opt not to use apt-get.
Which brings us back to: what is it that's odd about the apt-get
install? why doesn't it just do the bog standard manual install, but
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