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See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License. ================================================================================ Apache Tomcat Version 8.5.6 Release Notes ========= CONTENTS: ========= * Dependency Changes * API Stability * Bundled APIs * Web application reloading and static fields in shared libraries * Security manager URLs * Symlinking static resources * Viewing the Tomcat Change Log * Cryptographic software notice * When all else fails =================== Dependency Changes: =================== Tomcat 8.5 is designed to run on Java SE 7 and later. ============== API Stability: ============== The public interfaces for the following classes are fixed and will not be changed at all during the remaining lifetime of the 8.x series: - All classes in the javax namespace The public interfaces for the following classes may be added to in order to resolve bugs and/or add new features. No existing interface method will be removed or changed although it may be deprecated. - org.apache.catalina.* (excluding sub-packages) Note: As Tomcat 8 matures, the above list will be added to. The list is not considered complete at this time. Note: A large number of deprecated methods, fields and configuration options were removed in the transition from 8.0.x to 8.5.x. If any of those removals triggers significant problems for the user community that the deletion may be reverted in a later point release. The remaining classes are considered part of the Tomcat internals and may change without notice between point releases. ============= Bundled APIs: ============= A standard installation of Tomcat 8.5 makes all of the following APIs available for use by web applications (by placing them in "lib"): * annotations-api.jar (Annotations package) * catalina.jar (Tomcat Catalina implementation) * catalina-ant.jar (Tomcat Catalina Ant tasks) * catalina-ha.jar (High availability package) * catalina-storeconfig.jar (Generation of XML configuration from current state) * catalina-tribes.jar (Group communication) * ecj-4.5.1.jar (Eclipse JDT Java compiler) * el-api.jar (EL 3.0 API) * jasper.jar (Jasper 2 Compiler and Runtime) * jasper-el.jar (Jasper 2 EL implementation) * jsp-api.jar (JSP 2.3 API) * servlet-api.jar (Servlet 3.1 API) * tomcat-api.jar (Interfaces shared by Catalina and Jasper) * tomcat-coyote.jar (Tomcat connectors and utility classes) * tomcat-dbcp.jar (package renamed database connection pool based on Commons DBCP) * tomcat-jdbc.jar (Tomcat's database connection pooling solution) * tomcat-jni.jar (Interface to the native component of the APR/native connector) * tomcat-util.jar (Various utilities) * tomcat-websocket.jar (WebSocket 1.1 implementation) * websocket-api.jar (WebSocket 1.1 API) You can make additional APIs available to all of your web applications by putting unpacked classes into a "classes" directory (not created by default), or by placing them in JAR files in the "lib" directory. To override the XML parser implementation or interfaces, use the appropriate feature for your JVM. For Java <= 8 use the endorsed standards override feature. For Java 9+ use the upgradeable modules feature. ================================================================ Web application reloading and static fields in shared libraries: ================================================================ Some shared libraries (many are part of the JDK) keep references to objects instantiated by the web application. To avoid class loading related problems (ClassCastExceptions, messages indicating that the classloader is stopped, etc.), the shared libraries state should be reinitialized. Something which might help is to avoid putting classes which would be referenced by a shared static field in the web application classloader, and putting them in the shared classloader instead (JARs should be put in the "lib" folder, and classes should be put in the "classes" folder). ====================== Security manager URLs: ====================== In order to grant security permissions to JARs located inside the web application repository, use URLs of of the following format in your policy file: file:${catalina.base}/webapps/examples/WEB-INF/lib/driver.jar ============================ Symlinking static resources: ============================ By default, Unix symlinks will not work when used in a web application to link resources located outside the web application root directory. This behavior is optional, and the "allowLinking" flag may be used to disable the check. ============================== Viewing the Tomcat Change Log: ============================== The full change log is available from http://tomcat.apache.org and is also included in the documentation web application. ============================= Cryptographic software notice ============================= This distribution includes cryptographic software. The country in which you currently reside may have restrictions on the import, possession, use, and/or re-export to another country, of encryption software. BEFORE using any encryption software, please check your country's laws, regulations and policies concerning the import, possession, or use, and re-export of encryption software, to see if this is permitted. See for more information. The U.S. Government Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), has classified this software as Export Commodity Control Number (ECCN) 5D002.C.1, which includes information security software using or performing cryptographic functions with asymmetric algorithms. The form and manner of this Apache Software Foundation distribution makes it eligible for export under the License Exception ENC Technology Software Unrestricted (TSU) exception (see the BIS Export Administration Regulations, Section 740.13) for both object code and source code. The following provides more details on the included cryptographic software: - Tomcat includes code designed to work with JSSE - Tomcat includes code designed to work with OpenSSL ==================== When all else fails: ==================== See the FAQ http://tomcat.apache.org/faq/