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Subject RE: Display a static page while application loading.
Date Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:29:39 GMT
Eric -

One could argue what's the true benefit here though?  Production shouldn't be restarted or
unavailable except during an outage, whether it's planned or unplanned, right?

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Bouer [] 
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 6:46 AM
Subject: Re: Display a static page while application loading.

Thanks you Francis but I can't use a apache frontend.
I'm looking for a solution in tomcat itself, And I guess it's a common request since many
applications have long startup times and this can be very annoying to get a blank page in

Francis Galiegue-4 wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 09:45, Eric Bouer <> wrote:
>> Hello list.
>> I'm using tomcat for a J2EE application that uses Spring/Hibernate/JSF.
>> The spring container and hibernate bootstrap are slow and the users 
>> get a blank page or no response from tomcat while the application starts.
>> In order to avoid that I was thinking about some static page that can 
>> be served by a different thread but the problem is that there are 
>> muiltiple wars and I wish to have a simple solution.
>> I'd like to know if Tomcat already provides a solution for this 
>> problem or if it is a planned feature request (couldn't find any) Or 
>> is there another way to solve this issue?
>> Thanks.
> With Tomcat alone, no idea. I do that with Apache in front of Tomcat, 
> but this requires that Tomcat be set up in a particular way.
> Here is what happens here when a webapp is started:
> * Apache is configured to display a static page for the corresponding 
> server name and path;
> * I use Tomcat's manager webapp to deploy the new context;
> * on success, Apache is reconfigured to forward requests and its 
> configuration reloaded.
> For this, Tomcat is started with only the manager webapp, and only in 
> text mode from localhost. Contexts are then deployed and undeployed on 
> demand. One problem with Tomcat is that the bundled startup scripts 
> will return _before_ Tomcat is fully bootstrapped, which is why I have 
> to use my own. This has been discussed at length a few months ago, and 
> is why I have my current setup. It is the only way for me to have the 
> behavior I seek.
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