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From André Warnier>
Subject question about non-official Tomcat package
Date Mon, 15 Sep 2008 11:05:30 GMT

Long observation of this forum has taught me that this is a recipe for 
getting instant retaliation. Go ahead, I'm waiting, and I'll try to 
survive through the Flak...

On a Linux Debian system, belonging to the Debian  (thus non-official) 
Tomcat 5.5 package, there is a Tomcat startup file /etc/init.d/tomcat5.5.
It is full of very smart and confusing stuff, but it seems to work very 
nicely, starting and stopping Tomcat 5.5 each time without fail.  And I 
didn't even have to write it, it came out-of-the-box together with the 
Tomcat 5.5 installation, which would you believe it is done with a 
single command line, launch and all !

Ok, I'm pushing it.

Anyway, my question is :
In this /etc/init.d/tomcat5.5 file, in the "start" section, there is a 
line that looks like this :
mkfifo -m700 "$CATALINA_BASE/logs/catalina.out

I am unfamiliar with the mkfifo command.  I looked at the man page, but 
it did not enlighten me much further.  I have a vague idea of what a 
named pipe is, but no idea why the mkfifo command could be used here, 
instead of for example a "touch" + "chmod" sequence.
Does anyone care to make a guess ?

Does the fact that the "rotatelogs" utility is also used some lines 
further down shed any light onto this ?

Thanks in advance,

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