2009-03-07

Tomcat on Centos 5.2: just don't

If you were thinking of trying to use CentOS 5.2's tomcat packages: don't. You just get a silent 400 Bad request error on the holding page for no reason. Download it from upstream, and use that directly. It's very poorly documented, sadly, so to get started:

  1. Install the Sun JRE and set $JAVA_HOME appropriately - gcj is ... lacking
  2. Grab the Tomcat 'core' tarball and unpack it in place
  3. edit conf/tomcat-users.xml to add a user that has the 'manager' role
  4. start Tomcat with ./bin/startup.sh
  5. Go to http://yourhost:8080/ and log in to "status" with the manager user you added
  6. This will list any of the apps you installed (by dumping their .war file in webapps/)
I also set up a virtual host with Apache (for OpenGrok) like this:

<VirtualHost *.80>
ServerName grok.example.org
ProxyPreserveHost On
ProxyPass / http://example.org:8080/
ProxyPassReverse / http://example.org:8080/
</VirtualHost>

1 comment:

Utgarda said...

Same sad situation on CentOS 6.0