Windows users should get the zip file instead of installing a service
It makes viewing the tomcat logs easier and it is easier to configure
Example (assuming you have saved the file as /opt/apache-tomcat-8.0.x.tar.gz)
cd /opt tar xzvf apache-tomcat-8.0.x.tar.gz ln -nsf apache-tomcat-8.0.x tomcat
Windows users should either rename the directory or, if comfortable, create a directory junction using an elevated cmd prompt:
mklink /J C:\apache-tomcat-8.0.x C:\tomcat
Setup the SETENV file in the tomcat/bin directory with JAVA_OPTS (from Install Java 1.8).
Instead of starting with an empty database you can add the flag -Dsakai.demo=true in addition to the others shown here. During your first Tomcat launch it will populate your database with test data (students, courses, etc). Once the data has been created remove this flag for subsequent Tomcat launches. Be advised that this flag will not trigger on a database with data already in it so you must make this choice during the initial setup. It should also be noted that without this flag one will not be able to create any course sites in Sakai unless Academic Term, Subject, Course, and Section data is manually added to the "cm_" tables in the database.
We recommend using -Djava.util.Arrays.useLegacyMergeSort=true until this issue can be resolved -
Mac/Linux: Create a file called setenv.sh with the following (alternately, you can put this into your .bashrc file so they're automatically executed):
export JAVA_OPTS="-server -Xmx1028m -XX:MaxMetaspaceSize=512m -Dorg.apache.jasper.compiler.Parser.STRICT_QUOTE_ESCAPING=false -Djava.awt.headless=true -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote -Dhttp.agent=Sakai -Djava.util.Arrays.useLegacyMergeSort=true"
Windows(PC): Create a file called setenv.bat with the following:
set JAVA_OPTS=-server -Xmx1028m -XX:MaxMetaspaceSize=512m -Dorg.apache.jasper.compiler.Parser.STRICT_QUOTE_ESCAPING=false -Djava.awt.headless=true -Dcom.sun.management.jmxremote -Dhttp.agent=Sakai -Djava.util.Arrays.useLegacyMergeSort=true -Dfile.encoding=UTF8
[OPTIONAL] Delete the default webapps from the webapps dir
rm -rf webapps/*
You can improve startup speed under Tomcat 8 significantly.
Edit the file conf/context.xml and add this JarScanFilter block to the <Context>
<JarScanner> <!-- This is to speedup startup so that tomcat doesn't scan as much --> <JarScanFilter defaultPluggabilityScan="false" defaultTldScan="false" tldScan="jsf-impl-*.jar,jsf-widgets-*.jar,myfaces-impl-*.jar,pluto-taglib-*.jar,sakai-sections-app-util-*.jar,spring-webmvc-*.jar,standard-*.jar,tomahawk*.jar,tomahawk-*.jar"/> </JarScanner>