How do you start up second geronimo instances on linux?  I used the following procedure to create the second geronimo instance.  I started the server using as I always do, but looks like this does not start up the second server instance?  But all the modifications and changes were made to and and both are invoked when the server was started up, but nothing is listening at
however I can access the default server instance at
Assuming that there is no console interface for the second instance I tried to shut the server down using --port 8090 or 2000 as I have the portOffSet set to 10 I get the error:
Could not communicate with the server.  The server may not be running or the port number may be incorrect.

Multiple Server Instances

A server instance is easy to create in Geronimo:

  1. Set the system property to the instance name before you start the server.
    • Use the syntax to name your instance foo.
    • There are two ways to do this:
      1. Add this to your GERONIMO_OPTS environment variable, or
      2. Pass it on the java command-line invocation of the server.
    • This server's var and deploy directory will then be under <geronimo_home>/foo.
    • may be any pathname relative to (descending from) <geronimo_home>. For example, servers/bar would put the server's var directory under <geronimo_home>/servers/bar.
    • The org.apache.geronimo.server.dir system property may also be used, and it overrides
    • Use org.apache.geronimo.server.dir to specify an absolute path, which need not be relative to <geronimo_home>. For example, /ag20/servers/bar would put the server's var directory under /ag20/servers/bar. Otherwise, the two system properties behave the same.
  2. mkdir foo
  3. Copy var/* to foo/var/
  4. Edit foo/var/config/, uncomment PortOffset and change it to a value like 1,2,10,11,12,20,21,22,... so the ports in the new server instance will not conflict with existing server instances you already have defined and/or started. (Alternatively start the server with the property -Dorg.apache.geronimo.config.substitution.PortOffset=3 in the command line)
  5. Start the server.

To deploy applications to the new server instance, you need to specify the NamingPort+PortOffset used, such as for PortOffset=1:






----- Original Message ----
From: David Jencks <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 5, 2008 4:21:07 PM
Subject: Re: starting geronimo automatically on fedora linux

My guess is that you would want to use the java service wrapper.  I don't know of any instructions for linux but there are instructions for windows here:

I suspect that the JSW docs + this will be fairly straightforward.  If you could contribute your experiences when you get it working that would be great!

david jencks

On Feb 5, 2008, at 3:27 PM, Moni wrote:

Does anyone know how to set up geronimo to start up automatically on Fedora Linux.  Any inputs will be much appreciated.

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