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From Miguel Gonzalez <>
Subject Re: tomcat pausing and process killed
Date Thu, 10 May 2012 12:55:08 GMT

It makes sense.

This tomcat 5.5 is a tarball from Apache. Do you suggest using a rpm (I'm running Centos 5.2)
which probably will be Tomcat 6.x or download Tomcat 7 from Apache?

I usually prefer to have software packaged because I can get software security updates but
I'm from HTTP Apache and MySQL world and normally updates are quite normal. However I see
that I would have to use non-official repos to install at least Tomcat 6.



De: André Warnier <>
Para: Tomcat Users List <> 
Enviado: Jueves 10 de Mayo de 2012 14:02
Asunto: Re: tomcat pausing and process killed


just a couple of general remarks.

Tomcat is an open-source project, developed and supported by volunteers.
These volunteers do not have all the time in the world, so they tend to focus first on the
current Tomcat version (7.x), a bit less on the previous version (6.x), and much less on the
previous version (5.5).

You are running Tomcat 5.5, and you are having a problem with it.  And your problem, as you
describe it, does not seem to be a very common problem
experienced by a lot of users.

The first recommendation would be to upgrade your installation to Tomcat 7, or at least Tomcat
That is because it may be that the problem that you are seeing, was due to some feature or
bug in Tomcat 5.5, that has been resolved in the meantime.
It also because, if the problem still happens in Tomcat 7, you are likely to get a lot more
attention to it on the part of the developers and other volunteers on this list.

Next, about your issue :
It sounds very strange that you would have an error message in the error log about an invalid
encoding of a request parameter, but that you cannot find that request in the access log.
It could also be a misconfiguration on your part.
Can you copy and paste your Tomcat "server.xml" here (removing all the comments and any confidential
information please) ? (repeat : copy and paste in the message, not in a separate attachment;
the list strips most

As Konstantin mentions separately, there are (a few) cases where Tomcat will not log an invalid

A solution in that case would be to set up an Apache httpd server in front of your Tomcat,
listening on the port on which Tomcat is listening now (presumably 80), and proxying all request
to Tomcat (changing the Tomcat port to something else, e.g. 8080).  This is usually a rather
simple setup, but if you have trouble doing that, ask.

Then the access log of Apache httpd may show what Tomcat does not show.

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