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From André Warnier>
Subject Re: Fresh install problems
Date Sun, 25 Jan 2009 15:01:33 GMT
Shaolin wrote:
> Hi Guys
> I downloaded Tomcat 6.0.18 and JDK 6 Update 11 - Installed the JDK
> followed by tomcat, specified JRE path (C:\Program
> Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_11\jre). The problem is it doesnt start. Here are
> the log errors:
Before anything else, just verify the following :
In the Tomcat installation directory, there should be a program called 
"tomcat6w.exe".  This is a GUI program, which allows you to set 
parameters important for running Tomcat as a Windows service.
Double-click on it, and then maybe look at the various parameters that 
contain file paths, and (if not already so), if some of these parameters 
contain embedded spaces, try quoting them.
Like "C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.6.0_11\jre".
Then try again.

Then some tips, but only after the above :

When you choose the "Windows Service installer" version of Tomcat to 
download and install, you do not get all the same files as you would get 
if you chose the "zip" version, and it works a bit differently.
You get essentially 2 programs : tomcat6.exe and tomcat6w.exe, instead 
of the full panoply of shell-like startup scripts (,, etc..).

As already mentioned above, tomcat6w.exe is in fact a Windows GUI 
program, whose sole function is to set a number of parameters in the 
Windows Registry, to be used by the other program tomcat6.exe.

tomcat6.exe is a "wrapper" program, which will start a Java JVM (as per 
these Registry settings), which will itself launch the Tomcat bootstrap 
Java class bootstrap.jar.
This wrapper program exists under Windows, to wrap the Java JVM and 
allow it to interact with Windows in the way in which a Windows Service 
should interact (e.g. respond to Windows commands such as "start 
Service", "stop service" etc..), and translate that into the kind of 
action which Tomcat expects in order to start up, stop etc..

All this is "kind of" explained in the following pages, but not 
necessarily in the clearest or most up-to-date way :

An alternative to all the above is :
- de-install your current version of Tomcat 6
- download and unzip the zip version instead, in a directory like 
C:\tomcat6.  I strongly suggest a path without embedded spaces, as this 
will most probably save you some aggravation later.
- then read the RUNNING.TXT, for general info
- then run the (installdir)/bin/service.bat file to install this version 
of Tomcat as a Windows Service. You may want to inspect this file first, 
to get an idea of what it does.

It is a bit more tedious, but it provides more insight as to what is 
going on.

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