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The Apache Tomcat servlet container provides an ideal environment for running Sakai as a web application. Tomcat implements both the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages (JSP) specifications and can be run in standalone mode or in conjunction with a web application server such as the Apache HTTP server or JBoss. Sakai 2.7 works with the Tomcat 5.5 series. We recommend Tomcat 5.5.28+ 30 in order to avoid certain Tomcat security vulnerabilities present in earlier releases. Note however, that using Tomcat 5.5.27+ requires the addition of a JAVA_OPTS parameter (see below). Sakai 2.7 is not compatible with Tomcat 6.0+.

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Unpack the Tomcat archive into your installation directory of choice, e.g. /opt/. Unix/Mac users should create a symbolic link (e.g., ln -s apache-tomcat-5.5.2830) while Windows users should simply rename the base Tomcat directory to /tomcat to simplify the path.

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(thumbs up) Good: C:\opt\tomcat\, C:\sakaistuff\installs\tomcat\ (thumbs down) Bad: C:\program files\tomcat\, C:\opt\apache tomcat 5.5.2830\

Tomcat permissions

Unix/Mac users should make sure that they have write permissions to the Tomcat servlet container files and directories before proceeding or startup permission errors may occur.

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