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Installing Tomcat on Mac OS X
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The installer will ask you where you wish to install Tomcat. Just type in /Library/Tomcat/jwsdp-1_0-ea2 and click on the next button. The installation will begin. This takes a while, so go get a cuppa tea, and while waiting for the installer to run, do the following:

In /Library/StartupItems make a folder called Tomcat.

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In that folder you will create two files, the first, an executable shell script called Tomcat, and the second a property list called StartupParameters.plist. Both are simple text files.

  • Tomcat shell script:

    	# Start Tomcat
    	. /etc/rc.common
    	ConsoleMessage "Starting the Java WebServices framework"
    	export JAVA_HOME=/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Home
    	export CATALINA_HOME="/Library/Tomcat/Home"
    	export TOMCAT_HOME="/Library/Tomcat/Home"
    	export JWSDP_HOME="/Library/Tomcat/Home"
    	sh ${TOMCAT_HOME}/bin/
  • StartupParameters.plist:

    	<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    	<!DOCTYPE plist SYSTEM
    	<plist version="0.9">
    		<string>Tomcat Servlet and JSP Server</string>
    			<string>Starting Tomcat Server</string>
    			<string>Stopping Tomcat Server</string>

You can either use a text editor to create the .plist file, or Apple's PropertyList editor.

Make sure the Tomcat script you just added is executable.

chmod 755 Tomcat

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When the Tomcat installer is complete you should see the jwsdp-1_0-ea2 folder in your /Library/Tomcat folder.

Make a soft link to that folder from an alias called Home.

ln -s jwsdp-1_0-ea2 Home

Your TOMCAT_HOME is now always going to be /Library/Tomcat/Home.

If you wish to install other versions of Tomcat, put them in /Library/Tomcat and remake the soft link to Home. This way you don't need to change any other settings.

So give it a go.

cd /Library/StartupItems/Tomcat and type:

./Tomcat to run the Tomcat script.

You should see the following as Tomcat's startup script launches.

Using CATALINA_BASE: /Library/Tomcat/Home
Using CATALINA_HOME: /Library/Tomcat/Home
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /Library/Tomcat/Home
Using JAVA_HOME: /System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM/Versions/1.3.1/Home

Now try to go to http://localhost:8080 using your Web browser.

You should see the Web Services Developer Pack EA2 screen. That's it. You have installed the Web Services Developer Pack. As a final test, restart your Mac. If everything worked properly, you should see "Starting Tomcat Server" appear in your startup window. Let the Mac sit there without logging in.

Now, using a browser on your other Mac (You do have another Mac don't you?) you should be able to go to http://10.0.1.xx:8080 and get the Web services page to open.

Congratulations, you now have a Tomcat installed that boots at startup and runs without requiring a user to log in.

Have a play with the examples and then, when you're feeling up to it, you can start writing your own Web services, servlets, and JSP pages.

Dave Sag is a skilled Object Modeler and Software Designer, using Java as well as other programming environments.

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