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From "Vishal Goenka" <>
Subject Tomcat 5.5.26 - JMXAdaptorLifecycleListener issues
Date Sat, 16 Feb 2008 22:18:58 GMT
I'm trying to use JMXAdaptorLifecycleListener with Tomcat 5.5.26 in order to
be able to configure the data port for firewall navigation. Here are some of
the issues I ran into and hope someone can suggest an easier workaround.

1. JMXAdaptorLifecycleListener is not compiled in the core distribution. I
ended up building Tomcat 5.5.26 from source using JDK 1.5 after realizing
that the standard distribution apparently excludes it from the build because
it is compiled with JDK 1.4. Unfortunately this isn't obvious and not
documented and I found it only after looking at the build files in the
source. Unless I'm missing something, it seems that either there should be a
JDK 1.5 build of tomcat in the distribution or at least this caveat should
be included on the documentation page 

2. JMXAdaptorLifecycleListener registers the PlatformMBean server with the
registry whereas Tomcat's MBeans are registered with another MBean server
created using the apache common's modeler registry wrapper code. Hence
Tomcat's MBeans don't show up in JConsole when you connect using the URL
that the JMXAdaptorLifecycleListener registers. I'm not entirely sure of a
clean way of doing this. A hack that seems to work is setting the
PlatformMBeanServer as the MBean server to use for Tomcat programmatically.
In the constructor of JMXAdaptorLifecycleListener, adding the following does
the trick, but only if it is the first listener in the server.xml file:


Perhaps there is a simpler way, which should be documented on the monitoring

3. Finally, the jmxUrl used in the JMXAdaptorLifecycleListener doesn't allow
connecting using the Remote tab (with simply the host IP and port) rather
requires a non-trivial JMX url to remember. The value used in code is:

                jmxUrl = "service:jmx:rmi://" + host + ":" + port
                        + "/jndi/rmi://" + host + ":" + namingPort +

Using the following value for jmxUrl does the trick, although I'm not
entirely sure of the semantic difference and any implications. Note I
changed last component from "/server" to "/jmxrmi"

                jmxUrl = "service:jmx:rmi://" + host + ":" + port
                        + "/jndi/rmi://" + host + ":" + namingPort +

Thanks in advance for any insight.

- Vishal

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