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From "Shapira, Yoav" <>
Subject RE: Shell script to check if Tomcat is running?
Date Tue, 02 Dec 2003 14:01:38 GMT

You can also always add -DthisIsMyTomcat=true (or any other
distinguishing argument) to the java runtime options, so that you can
grep the ps output for this specific parameter if there are multiple
java processes.

Yoav Shapira
Millennium ChemInformatics

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Oscar Carrillo []
>Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 6:42 PM
>To: Tomcat Users List
>Subject: Re: Shell script to check if Tomcat is running?
>On Mon, 1 Dec 2003, Tim Funk wrote:
>> 2 really simple ways
>> -----------------------------
>> # Assume tomcat is the only java process
>> COWBELL=`ps -ef | grep java| grep -v grep | wc -l`
>> if [ $COWBELL > 0 ]; then
>>    echo "Woohoo - the process is there";
>> fi
>> -----------------------------
>This might depend on the shell used, but I think ">" should be "-gt".
>Here's another option in case you have java programs running that
>#this is all one line
>COWBELL=`ps ax --width=1000 | grep \
>"[o]rg.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap \
>start" | awk '{printf $1 " "}' | wc | awk '{print $2}'`
>#end of one line
>if [ $COWBELL -gt 0 ]; then
>    echo "Woohoo - Tomcat is there";
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