[IPT] Experience installing IPT on Ubuntu w/ Tomcat

Tim Robertson [GBIF] trobertson at gbif.org
Sat Aug 4 22:40:08 CEST 2012

Hi Derek,

Thanks for sharing your experience.  Does that mean you did get things working in the end?
Which version of the IPT are you using please?

Best wishes,

On Aug 4, 2012, at 9:34 PM, Derek Broughton wrote:

> I just thought I'd share my experience installing IPT into a Tomcat (5.5 - but experience suggests 6 or 7 wouldn't have helped) installed from Ubuntu packages.
> In a nutshell: don't try it!
> Ubuntu's packages (and I imagine Debian or any Debian-based system, though I haven't confirmed that) block the normal logging available from the stock Apache versions of Tomcat. What logging there is, gets diverted to the system log (where it is both poorly formatted - no newlines - and truncated). More logging becomes available if you edit 03catalina.policy:
> // These permissions apply to JULI
> grant codeBase "file:${catalina.home}/bin/tomcat-juli.jar" {
>     permission java.security.AllPermission;
> };
> but in itself that isn't enough to get logging for IPT, and the IPT install fails, but is unable to log the cause of the failure (which I think is the inability to write to the log, but never managed to prove).
> The simple solution is to:
> - download Tomcat 6 from Apache (http://tomcat.apache.org/download-60.cgi - the tar.gz Binary version), 
> - untar it anywhere (I put it in /opt),
> - optionally create a symbolic link from /opt/tomcat to the /opt/apache-tomcat* directory you have just created
> - stop your existing tomcat ,
> - copy all .war files from /var/lib/tomcat*/webapps to the /opt/tomcat/webapps (you may want to copy the subdirectories from there too, if you have applications that store data in them)
> - start your new server with /opt/tomcat/bin/startup.sh (setting the environment variable JAVA_OPTS first, with any values that must be passed - for instance, our GeoServer app requires "-D GEOSERVER_DATA_DIR=/opt/geoserver/data")
> Don't forget to replace /etc/init.d/tomcat* with an appropriate script to start/stop the new tomcat using /opt/tomcat/bin/startup.sh & shutdown.sh
> -- 
> derek broughton
> Pointerstop Consulting (for OBIS Canada)
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