The second beta release of Tomcat 3.3 is available for download 
and testing.  As a Tomcat 3.x release, it remains an implementation 
of the Servlet 2.2 and JSP 1.1 specifications. 

The Beta 2 release offers bug fixes over Beta 1, and some
documentation updates.  A lot of new information has been
added to tomcat-ug.html and a new serverxml.html has been
added.  The serverxml.html documents a handful of the modules
(a.k.a. interceptors) at this point, with more to come.
Some documentation is still out of date, however.

Again, refer to the "readme" for the most current information 
concerning Tomcat 3.3.

If you did not try the earlier 3.3 releases, the following 
additional information may help you make full use of the Beta 2 

1) The binary distribution has source for the connectors, but not for 
   the Tomcat container.  The source from the full jakarta-tomcat CVS 
   tree is available separately in the "v3.3-b2/src" directory. 

2) The new class loader scheme in this release ignores your CLASSPATH 
   setting. Instead, you may add needed jars to Tomcat's "lib/apps", 
   "lib/common", and "lib/container" directories. See the tomcat-ug.html
   file in Tomcat's "doc" directory for details. 
   Also supported are two System properties: 
   which add their listed classes and jars to the jars in "lib/apps" 
   and "lib/common", respectively. 

3) The "sanity-test" is not part of the binary distribution like it was 
   with Tomcat 3.2.  However, it is available in "War" form (test.war), 
   along with the Watchdog JSP (watchdog-jsp.war) and servlet tests 
   (watchdog-servlet.war).  These are found in the "v3.3-b2/apps" 
   directory.  Place these War files in Tomcat's "webapps" directory 
   before starting Tomcat. To simplify testing, these tests can be run 
   from the Admin web application. See the "readme" file in Tomcat's 
   "doc" directory for details. 

Please download this release and give it a try in your environment.  The 
source, rpms, and binaries may be found at: 

To log problems or bugs, as well as submit patches, please refer to: 

When logging bugs to Bugzilla, please specify the Program as "Tomcat 3" 
and the Version as "3.3 Beta 2". Also, supplying a test case will 
greatly improve our ability to address the problem.  Please do so if at 
all possible. 

Larry Isaacs 

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