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From "Albert Ramstedt" <>
Subject Re: Tomcat JNDI and CWD Configuration problem with multiple solrs
Date Sat, 19 Apr 2008 08:56:04 GMT

I found the error. I cant believe how much time i spent on this and it turns
out i should pay more attention. (Or really, I can believe, because it
happens more frequently than I wish it would).

Anyway, for those having the same issue in the future:

I am using acts_as_solr, a rails plugin for solr searching. And to set up
solr for my railsapp I blindly copied the solrconfig.xml from the plugin to
my solr/conf dir and installed the jndi context into tomcat and expected it
to work. What I experienced was that it then proceeded to create a
solr/index dir under cwd. This because the solrconfig.xml in acts_as_solr
has this line in the config:


It seems this creates the datadir under cwd. And it is probably not wanted
when you install it on a systemwide tomcat app server. Problem solved when i
commented that line out.

Hopefully this will save future acts_as_solr users some pain.


On Sat, Apr 19, 2008 at 12:05 AM, Chris Hostetter <>

> : The apps seem to work fine, only for some reason, when I start tomcat it
> : creates a solr dir in the cwd. So naturally, depending on where i do the
> Solr does not ever attempt to create a directory named "solr" (the only
> directories Solr tries to create if they don't already exist are inside
> of hte data dir)
> : restart, it wont work. If i cd to some dir where I have write access,
> the
> : apps goes up fine, and it even says the solr/home is where it should be.
> so what get's put in this solr dir that is created for you?  my guess is
> it's the expanded war file -- there is probably a tomcat setting for where
> these should go, and your tomcat configs have it as "."
> : (The dir i defined in the xml file, NOT cwd). But under statistics, both
> : separate solr apps seems to use an IndexReader under CWD. Ideally I
> would
> can you be more explicit about what exactly you are seeing (ie: cut+paste
> the log messages from Solr startup about solr home nad JNDI, cut+paste
> exactly what you see on the statistics page, etc..., cut+paste the shell
> commands you are running -- starting with a call to pwd so we know what
> the current directory is, cut+paste the directory listings of each
> directory you ae refering to.)
> : my own install of tomcat 6. (Although I dont understand why the example
> has
> : "f:/" stuff in the directory paths, since that notation throws errors at
> me.
> That's just an example of a windows path.
> -Hoss

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