The binary distribution of Sakai provides a shortcut for those that already have Tomcat in place and configured as needed (including the database setup and configuration) and it does so by providing a pre-built Sakai that can simply be dropped into place. All you need to do is unpack the binary archive at the root Tomcat directory and the appropriate *.wars, *.jars, etc., for the Sakai application will be deposited in the correct locations.
The Sakai binary archive is available at
You can download the archive into $CATALINA_HOME and then unpack the archive. Then start up Tomcat by running the Tomcat start up script in
$CATALINA_HOME/bin. 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.
If you wish to configure a binary installation you'll need to manually create a
/sakai folder in $CATALINA_HOME to hold your
Binary limitations. Post-release patches are not made available as jars, and so a binary install forces a relatively static implementation that cannot be as readily patched later.