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From John DeStefano <>
Subject Re: Setting appserver.base for RHEL 6
Date Thu, 08 Mar 2012 21:01:44 GMT

Even after hard-coding the Tomcat path in every Continuum file I could
find that referenced an application/appserver/catalina variable, I
still see related errors in catalina.out:

Mar 8, 2012 11:53:04 AM org.apache.catalina.startup.HostConfig deployDescriptor
INFO: Deploying configuration descriptor continuum.xml
Could not resolve placeholder 'appserver.base' in
[file:${appserver.base}/conf/continuum.xml] as system property:
neither system property nor environment variable found

The webapp seems to load, but now two stray directories based on
variable names (`$` and `${appserver.base}`) are being created in
Tomcat's home on start.

I should note that I've changed the file referenced above
(conf/continuum.xml) to point to the absolute Tomcat path, so either
this placeholder is coming from elsewhere, or the variable information
has been cached and not updated.


On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM, John DeStefano <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to migrate a few Tomcat webapps from RHEL 5 to RHEL 6.2,
> and as with other Apache webapps, I'm having trouble with getting the
> latest Continuum .WAR running, likely because Tomcat 6.0.24 in RHEL
> 6.2 no longer permits loading of environment variables via,
> as was done previously: Tomcat 6 for RHEL does not ship with this file
> and does not honor it on start.  As a result, on Tomcat start,
> Continuum creates a directory in what was previously known as
> $CATALINA_HOME called `${appserver.base}`, attempts to populate this
> directory, and fails to load, with little feedback that I can find
> (catalina.out simply says "INFO: Deploying configuration descriptor
> continuum.xml").
> Is there a workaround to this?  I was able to get another webapp
> (Archiva) working by hard-coding some paths in a few XML files, but
> this doesn't seem to help in this case.
> Thank you,
> ~John

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