[lug] Tomcat ready for prime time?

Hugh Brown hugh at vecna.com
Thu Aug 16 07:25:36 MDT 2001

We use tomcat 4.0b3 on redhat 6.2 with java 1.3.1 to do a variety of

If you are deploying on redhat 7.1 then you may need to export the
environment variable


as the jvm assumes some things about the kernel that are no longer true
with the 2.4 kernel.

You will also need to sym link /usr/bin/cut to /bin/cut.  Sun hard coded
the path to cut and redhat moved it to /bin from /usr/bin

Otherwise it has worked well.  Just be sure to turn on the logging as you
are migrating.


""Mark \(Andy\) Jolley""
> At my office we're really starting to play with Java beans, jsp's and stuff.
> Unfortunately we seem to be going through a process where decision can't be
> made about a platform.  To be fair to the execs, our current vendor just
> cranked it's price from $15,000 per processor to $50,000 per processor (no
> my finger didn't spasm over the 0).  We currently have stuff on IIS with
> MTS, but are moving to the JAVA world, so we would like to find a decent
> JAVA app server and are seriously considering Tomcat combined with Struts
> due to the obvious price concerns above.  We're planning to use the IIS plug
> in for Tomcat (so that we can still use some of our IIS apps) on a cluster
> of IIS boxes and then connect to a cluster of Tomcat boxes, probably on RH
> 7.0 or 7.1 through a hardware load balancer, specifically a RadWare WSD.
> The server platform we're looking at is server class Compaq stuff, DL360's
> and up.
> Now I'm a Linux-not-quite-newbie.  What I mean is I've dabbled with it
> enough to setup IPChains and MASQ at home for a simple firewall to my
> SprintBBD connection, but I haven't built anything like a secure webserver
> with it.
> Well my question is, is Tomcat 3.2.3 really ready for prime time?  We're
> planning to deploy Mutual Fund trading, and other large apps on  a java
> platform, and I want to make sure that it'll work well. I just want to avoid
> the application-server-du-jour that we seem to be heading towards - IIS, the
> really expensive one, and tomcat.  I'm really just fishing for any tips,
> praise, nightmares, or gotchas that anyone has found with Tomcat 3.2.3 on RH
> 7.0 or 7.1.  Also if anyone has run into any weird tweaks that have to be
> made when migrating objects into tomcat, or does the java compliant stuff
> slide in pretty easily.
> Thanks
> Andy Jolley

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