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Starting/stopping Tomcat 5.5 from Ant 1.6.2

Giovanni De Stefano
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Joined: Aug 17, 2004
Posts: 150
Hi guys!
I start/stop Tomcat 5.5 from Ant 1.6.2 using the following tasks:

This works but I have a few questions:
1. is there any better solution?
2. is it possible not to print in output all those messages that come from the execution of the jar?
3. is there a way to check from Ant if Tomcat is already running or not? I asked this because now my start-tomcat task depends on stop-tomcat, but if the server is NOT running when the stop-tomcat is executed I get error messages (and then the build continues).

Thank you in advance
Giovanni :-)
[ April 07, 2005: Message edited by: Giovanni De Stefano ]

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Vinayak patil
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Joined: Aug 30, 2005
Posts: 67

I am deploying my application after shutting down tomcat and restarting it later. I tried out your method and had a problem this approach, in that tomcat threw an error that it was unable to find the java compiler in order to compile my jsps.

I have tried the <exec> task of ant and it works fine for me

Can anyone let me know why I was getting the error using the earlier approach and if it is advisable to use <exec> instead of <java>

Thanks in advance

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