Tomcat9 and java12 on FreeBSD

Quick post, had to make Tomcat9 and Java12 work together. The procedure is as follows:

1. pkg install tomcat9 (it will also install java8)
2. pkg install openjdk12

Now and edit /etc/rc.conf with a parameter to start tomcat on boot and set the tomcat java_home.


And not to part that took me a long time to figure out. In Java12, there is no longer a feature that tomcat is using in its startup parameters. But if you remove that from the init script you are able to start it up. The line is: Djava.endorsed.dirs=’/usr/local/apache-tomcat-8.0/endorsed’ \

command_args="-java-home '${_tomcat_java_home}' \
        -server \
        -user ${_tomcat_catalina_user} \
        -umask ${_tomcat_umask} \
        -pidfile '${pidfile}' \
        -wait ${_tomcat_wait} \
        -outfile '${_tomcat_stdout}' \
        -errfile '${_tomcat_stderr}' \
        -classpath '${_tomcat_catalina_home}/bin/bootstrap.jar:/usr/local/share/java/classes/commons-daemon.jar:$
{_tomcat_catalina_home}/bin/tomcat-juli.jar${_tomcat_classpath}' \
        -Djava.util.logging.manager=${_tomcat_logging_manager} \
        -Djava.util.logging.config.file='${_tomcat_logging_config}' \
        ${_tomcat_java_opts} \
        -Djava.endorsed.dirs='/usr/local/apache-tomcat-8.0/endorsed' \<<<<<<<<<<<< Remove this line!!!
        -Djava.endorsed.dirs='${_tomcat_catalina_home}/endorsed' \
        -Dcatalina.home='${_tomcat_catalina_home}' \
        -Dcatalina.base='${_tomcat_catalina_base}' \'${_tomcat_catalina_tmpdir}' \
        org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap \

run_rc_command "$1"

After this, you are now able to boot tomcat9 with java12 🙂

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Jesper Ramsgaard