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From Larry Meadors <>
Subject Re: Debugging tomcat startup
Date Sat, 02 Apr 2005 12:17:40 GMT
Hey Sasha, I have been wanting to do an iBATIS realm for a while. Glad to 
see I am not alone. ;-)

You have a couple of options.

I use IDEA, and run tomcat externally. When I want to debug startup code, I 
set JPDA_OPTS (in to this:


Most of that is already there (in tomcat 5.0.27 line 141 of, 
and tells the JVM to start the debugger in server mode using sockets, to 
listen on address 8000, and to suspend immediately, until a debugger 

Then, set your breakpoints, and start tomcat using this:

$CATALINA_HOME/bin/ jpda start

Once it starts, you can attach, and debug everything starting at the 

Java rocks! :-D


On Apr 1, 2005 12:57 PM, Sasha Borodin <> wrote:
> I'd like to solicit suggestions for debugging Tomcat startup - 
> specifically
> various class initializations.
> I've written a custom Realm implementation; in it, I use some data access
> classes which use iBatis; these classes work great when used in a web
> application (all jars residing in the apps WEB-INF/lib); but I'm getting
> errors when these classes are initialized from jars in the server/lib
> directory at startup.
> If you have suggestions for how to debug the startup, especially from an 
> like Idea, please post. Also, if there are guidelines for where to place
> certain types of jars (common vs. server), please post a link. Right now
> I've got my jdbc jars in common/lib, and my custom Realm and data access
> classes (including ibatis related jars) in server/lib.
> Thanks for your help,
> -Sasha Borodin
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