Symlinks are king, but still no joy

Okay, Sakai built just fine, but didn’t run, of course.

It seems that you can’t just add a shared directory to Gentoo’s version of Tomcat6 and expect it to work.

Going to try symlinks, and revert the pom changes, but I expect I’ll have to dig into properly configuring Tomcat 6



Newbie error, I neglected to check my spam filter.  Apparently 6 messages were tagged as spam.  I caught two, but four are gone forever.

I only checked because my reply to Matthew Buckett was tagged as spam.  What kind of a spam filter thinks that the author of a weblog would spam his or her own weblog?

Dropping in bodington.war

Well, turns out that dropping bodington.war into the Tomcat server does work without a hitch if you do the dropping from within the Tomcat Manager application. I just upgraded this morning from Tomcat 5.5 to Tomcat 6.0, and so I decided to try the “drop in” route for deploying Bodington.

It is still true that you have to add the database driver libraries under WEB-INF /lib in order to get your chosen database to be visible to the setup screen. So the rules are:

  1. use Tomcat manager to deploy bodington.war
  2. copy your db jar files to bodington/WEB-INF/lib/.   Or as Matthew pointed out in the comments, your Tomcat install may already have the proper db library jar files located in $CATALINA_HOME/lib.
  3. use Tomcat manager to restart bodington, if you added db jar files to the web app.
  4. log in as sysadmin (read the bodington/WEB-INF/adminpw.txt file for the password)
  5. follow the configuration dialogs
  6. when you’re up and running, delete the adminpw.txt file, or make it invisible to the world or something.

Bodington install part 2 (changing the admin password)

What attracts me to Bodington at this point is the permissions system. We want to set up an online learning program that will be open to both students and our pals at Caltrans, but not to any old consultant. We also want to structure things so that a Caltrans engineer can take a look at a course and see its prerequisites and decide whether or not the course is something that can be pursued or whether the prerequisites need a look over first.

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Notes on Bodington

Well, not actually *on* Bodington. More like about Bodington. I’ve downloaded the sucker and am trying to install it, and am having success. Since I’ve not found much in the way of help in any of the official channels (, etc.), I thought I’d post my notes here.

So again, this isn’t a HowTo. This is a What I am doing and probably doing wrong with lots of dead ends but here ya go, take it with a grain of salt.

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So we gave in to the pressure and got Emma and Grace a kitten. Farfalla. Grace named her. We have black and white butterflies in our backyard, so I guess that’s the connection. We can name our next cat Linguini or Tortellini or something.

She sleeps on Emma’s bed. Emma wasn’t too happy about that the first night, but screaming and wailing didn’t seem to phase Farfalla. This morning Emma woke up and petted Farfalla, so I guess she’s getting used to the kitty.