SUNScholar/Prepare Ubuntu/S05/Ubuntu-16.04

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Step 5.1: Install Tomcat

Type the following:

sudo apt-get install tomcat8

Step 5.2: Allow Tomcat to listen on ports "80" and "443"

Step 5.2.1: Setup "authbind" for Tomcat

To enable Tomcat to listen on a privileged port below 100, we need to enable "authbind". Edit the /etc/default/tomcat8 file as follows:

sudo nano /etc/default/tomcat8

Remove the hash sign from in front of the authbind parameter and change authbind to yes as follows

# If you run Tomcat on port numbers that are all higher than 1023, then you
# do not need authbind.  It is used for binding Tomcat to lower port numbers.
# NOTE: authbind works only with IPv4.  Do not enable it when using IPv6.
# (yes/no, default: no)

Save and exit the file.

Now we need to tell "authbind" that Tomcat is allowed to use lower port numbers. Type the following commands:

sudo touch /etc/authbind/byport/80
sudo touch /etc/authbind/byport/443
sudo chmod 0755 /etc/authbind/byport/80
sudo chmod 0755 /etc/authbind/byport/443
sudo chown tomcat8.tomcat8 /etc/authbind/byport/80
sudo chown tomcat8.tomcat8 /etc/authbind/byport/443
cd /etc/authbind/byport
ls -l

Now Tomcat has permission to use ports 80 and 443. See below for an example listing of the files in the /etc/authbind/byport folder.

dspace@dspace:/etc/authbind/byport# ls -l
total 0
-rwxr-xr-x 1 tomcat8 tomcat8 0 2011-06-10 18:33 443
-rwxr-xr-x 1 tomcat8 tomcat8 0 2011-06-10 18:33 80

Step 5.2.2: Setup Tomcat to listen on insecure port 80

Now we tell the Tomcat server to listen on the "authbind" ports. Edit the following file.

sudo nano /etc/tomcat8/server.xml

Find the connector for port 8080 and change it to port 80.

See example below.

    <Connector port="80" protocol="HTTP/1.1" 
               redirectPort="443" />

If enabled, comment out the AJP 1.3 connector. It is not needed.

Save and exit the file.

Step 5.2.3: Setup Tomcat to listen on secure port 443

Please go to: later, after installation to do secure port 443 setup.

For now and testing it is ok, just to use port 80 only for Tomcat connections.

Step 5.3: Setup Tomcat admin users

Type as follows:

sudo nano /etc/tomcat8/tomcat-users.xml

Delete all the contents of the file and add the following admin and manager roles with a password. Replace XXXX with your password!

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
  <role rolename="manager-gui"/>
  <role rolename="manager-jmx"/>
  <user username="dspace" password="XXXX" roles="manager-gui,manager-jmx"/>

Save and exit the file.

Step 5.4 Java environment settings for Tomcat webapp server

To setup the environment variables for Tomcat java web applications, type the following:

sudo nano /etc/default/tomcat8

After determining how much RAM is installed on your server, it is best practice to use about 50% of the RAM for Java.

Check the following for comparison:

# You may pass JVM startup parameters to Java here. If unset, the default
# options (-Djava.awt.headless=true -Xmx128m) will be used.
#JAVA_OPTS="-Djava.awt.headless=true -Xmx128m"
JAVA_OPTS="-Djava.awt.headless=true -Xmx2048m -Xms1024m -XX:MaxPermSize=1024m"


Save and exit the file.

Java settings used on SUNScholar currently

Your settings will depend on how much RAM you have available to assign to the Tomcat server. See graph below as well.

JAVA_OPTS="-Djava.awt.headless=true -Xmx65536m -XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC"

Graph of RAM memory usage on SUNScholar.


Step 5.5 Setup Tomcat server permissions

Please see: and

Type the following;

sudo nano /etc/default/tomcat8

Change "TOMCAT8_SECURITY" to yes.

# Use the Java security manager? (yes/no, default: no)

Save and exit the file.

Create DSpace security policy

sudo nano /etc/tomcat8/policy.d/05dspace.policy

Copy and paste the following;

grant codeBase "file:/home/dspace/-" {
grant codeBase "file:/tmp/-" {

Save and exit the file.

Update file permissions for the policy

sudo chown root.tomcat8 /etc/tomcat8/policy.d/05dspace.policy

Step 5.6: Setup user permissions

sudo adduser tomcat8 dspace
sudo adduser dspace tomcat8

Step 5.7: Restart the Tomcat server

Now restart the tomcat server as follows:

sudo service tomcat8 restart

Step 5.8: Post Tomcat installation checks

Now let's look if all went well:

sudo netstat -tapn | grep java

Tomcat should be listening on port 80 now:

dspace@dspace:~# sudo netstat -tapn | grep java
tcp6       0      0          :::*                    LISTEN      11093/java      
tcp6       0      0 :::80                   :::*                    LISTEN      11093/java      

Thats it, now you have a working Java webapp server.

Step 5.9: Troubleshooting

  • Check optimisations done for Tomcat in the link below
  • Please remember only ONE server at time may listen on any TCP/UDP port on your server.
  • A reboot of the server may be needed to get Tomcat working on ports 80 and 443 correctly.
  • Later on during the actual DSpace installation, you will have to select a "root" webapp so that you have a clean URL. See link below.