Bug 863307 - changing CATALINA_PID causes tomcat not to start up
changing CATALINA_PID causes tomcat not to start up
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: tomcat (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Ivan Afonichev
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-10-04 23:44 EDT by Ade Lee
Modified: 2012-12-20 10:56 EST (History)
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Description Ade Lee 2012-10-04 23:44:20 EDT
Description of problem:

In /usr/sbin/tomcat-sysd, in the start() function, we have the following code:

function start() {
    # fix permissions on the log and pid files
    export CATALINA_PID="/var/run/${NAME}.pid"
    touch $CATALINA_PID 2>&1
    if [ "$?" -eq "0" ]; then

This hard codes CATALINA_PID, ignoring any customizations that might have been made in /etc/sysconfig/${NAME}.

The code goes in to read /etc/sysconfig/${NAME} in parseOptions and pass any customized variables to the invocation of TOMCAT_SCRIPT.  This results in the server failing to come up because it the pid file at the customized location does not exist and the TOMCAT_USER does not have the permissions to create it.

The solution is straight forward.  In the code above, we should replace:

export CATALINA_PID="/var/run/${NAME}.pid"


export CATALINA_PID="${CATALINA_PID:-/var/run/${NAME}.pid}"

This will read the correct value from /etc/sysconfig/${NAME} if it exists, or default to /var/run/{NAME}.pid

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

tomcat-7.0.29-1.fc17.noarch on Fedora 17 
This is not a problem on F18.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Choose a different location for CATALINA_PID in /etc/sysconfig/{NAME}
2. Try to start the server using systemd 
Actual results:
Server will fail to come up with a permissions error for the pid file, which will not be created in the custom location.

Expected results:

Server comes up and creates pid file where we tell it to.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Fedora Update System 2012-10-19 16:59:08 EDT
tomcat-7.0.32-1.fc17 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 17.
Comment 2 Fedora Update System 2012-10-21 22:02:47 EDT
Package tomcat-7.0.32-1.fc17:
* should fix your issue,
* was pushed to the Fedora 17 testing repository,
* should be available at your local mirror within two days.
Update it with:
# su -c 'yum update --enablerepo=updates-testing tomcat-7.0.32-1.fc17'
as soon as you are able to.
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Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2012-12-20 10:56:04 EST
tomcat-7.0.32-1.fc17 has been pushed to the Fedora 17 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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