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From "Howard W. Smith, Jr." <smithh032...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: unable to start Tomcat through the Windows Services panel
Date Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:57:15 GMT
On Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM, Jeffrey Janner <Jeffrey.Janner@polydyne.com
> wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: André Warnier [mailto:aw@ice-sa.com]
> > Sent: Thursday, February 06, 2014 10:33 AM
> > To: Tomcat Users List
> > Subject: Re: unable to start Tomcat through the Windows Services panel
> >
> > Hi.
> >
> > javier_espana@hna.honda.com wrote:
> > > OK, this is what I see in the Event Viewer under General tab "The
> > > tomcat7 service terminated with service-specific error Incorrect
> > > function.."
> > >
> >
> > Let's start from the beginning.
> >
> > If you don't get logfiles in the Tomcat/logs directory, then chances
> > are that Windows does not even begin to run Tomcat, and that there is
> > an error right at the start, when it tries to run it.
> >
> > So first read this : http://wiki.apache.org/tomcat/FAQ/Windows#Q11
> >
> > That will explain /what/ you are actually running, when you (try to)
> > run Tomcat as a Service in Windows, and why it is different from
> > running Tomcat in a command window.
> > Go ahead, read it, we'll wait right here.
> >
> > ... some time later :
> >
> > Now you know
> > - that tomcat7.exe is a Windows executable program
> > - it is the program which the Windows Service Manager tries to start,
> > when you start the
> > Tomcat7 Service
> > - but tomcat7.exe is not really Tomcat; it is a "wrapper" program that
> > runs the Java JVM which in turn runs Tomcat.
> >
> > And to start the Java JVM, and pass to this java JVM the appropriate
> > parameters, tomcat7.exe reads these parameters from the Windows
> > Registry somewhere.
> >
> > And to be nice, the Tomcat developers have even provided a specialised
> > GUI editor, that allows you to view, set or modify these Tomcat
> > Registry parameters that are used by tomcat7.exe.
> > And that is the program tomcat7w.exe.  So go ahead now, double-click on
> > tomcat7w.exe, and look at the information it shows in the various tabs.
> > That is probably where something is wrong.
> >
> > Or else what is wrong, is that the version of tomcat7.exe that you have
> > installed, does not match the version of Windows that you are running.
> > For example, tomcat7.exe is a 32-bit program, but your Windows PC runs
> > a 64-bit version of Windows.  Or vice-versa.
> >
> > Or that in the Service definition of the Tomcat7 Service, the path to
> > tomcat7.exe is incorrect.
> > You see that path in the first tab of the GUI.
> >
>
> André -
> Good points. I'd been following this thread out of curiosity and was just
> beginning to think that it was obviously a service configuration error.


Agreed, and I was following this thread for the same reason.


> I don't have the entire thread handy, and haven't looked at MarkMail, but
> I don't remember anyone asking the OP exactly *how* he installed the
> service.


I had the same thought.


> One would assume he used the bat file that is designed to do this, since
> he mentions running tomcat from the console using startup.bat (a clear
> giveaway that he's not using the fine Windows installer package that
> someone spent a lot of time crafting).
>

Honestly, I forgot all the specific details of how/when I installed
tomcat/tomee as a Windows service, but I found it quite intuitive...using
the .bat file approach via Windows Command Prompt. The .bat file informed
me of the proper 'usage', and I easily installed tomcat/tomee as a Windows
Service, via command line (or .bat file), accordingly.

And I do use the tomcat7w.exe to modify java options, etc... I never have
to open Windows 'Services' to start/stop tomcat/tomee.

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