tomcat6 unresponsive maintainer & deprecation

Stanislav Ochotnicky sochotnicky at
Tue Mar 12 12:49:22 UTC 2013

Tomcat6 package in Fedora is old, has several problematic bugs (including 4
security) and most importantly there's a replacement: tomcat-7.x

I believe it is in our (developers as well as users) best interest to get rid of
it. I have sent similar email to java-devel on February 26th[1], created another
tomcat6 bugreport a week ago[2] but I wasn't successful in reaching David Knox
(primary maintainer).

Note that we already had a bugreport to migrate packages to tomcat-7[3] and we
almost succeeded, but then new packages started creeping in with dependency on
tomcat6. We need to get rid of it ASAP or we'll be fighting neverending battle.
Even as comaintainer/provenpackager I cannot deprecate package that I do not

I consider this point 4 of unresponsive maintainer process[4]. However due to
security issues, and package being effectively dead I wouldn't mind speeding up
the process. I might try to bring this up with FESCO, but process doesn't seem
to include any wiggle room there.


Stanislav Ochotnicky <sochotnicky at>
Software Engineer - Developer Experience

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