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cerner_tomcat (7) Versions 3.0.0

Installs/Configures tomcat

cookbook 'cerner_tomcat', '= 3.0.0'
cookbook 'cerner_tomcat', '= 3.0.0', :supermarket
knife cookbook site install cerner_tomcat
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Cerner Tomcat Cookbook

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A Chef cookbook to install Apache Tomcat.

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  • Ubuntu
  • CentOS


  • Chef 12+


  • java
  • ulimit
  • logrotate
  • poise
  • poise-archive


The cookbook provides a resource for you to use to install and configure tomcat.

The cerner_tomcat resource has support for remote_file, cookbook_file, and template as sub-resources of the cerner_tomcat resource. When using these sub-resources, the parent cerner_tomcat resource's path, user, group and sensitive properties are provided for free. These sub-resources can also be called from outside the cerner_tomcat block, if desired, by prepending cerner_tomcat_ to the resource call and provided a parent property.

Example: ```ruby cerner_tomcat 'my_tomcat' do # resource config end

cerner_tomcat_remote_file do parent 'my_tomcat' source '...' end ```

cerner_tomcat delays restart, when necessary, for the end of the main converge. This is in order to avoid restarting the service multiple times during a chef-client run. If any service dependencies are updated and require a service restart, this can be done by notifying the resource with a restart action.

Example: ```ruby cerner_tomcat 'my_tomcat' do # resource config end

dependent_resource 'dep' do # resource config notifies :restart, 'cerner_tomcat[my_tomcat]' end ```


A resource for installing and configuring tomcat.

Actions: :enable, :disable, :start, :stop, :restart, :reload (default :enable)

Parameters: * instance_name: The name of the tomcat instance. (default = name of resource) * user: The user that will own and run the tomcat process (default = tomcat) * group: The group the tomcat user will be part of (default = tomcat) * base_dir: The path to the directory where the tomcat instance will be contained (default = /opt/tomcat) * log_dir: The path to the directory where the tomcat logs will be (default = /var/log/tomcat) * log_rotate_options: A hash or ruby block of options to configure log rotate. These will be merged with and override the defaults provided (view libraries/cerner_tomcat.rb for defaults) * version: The version of tomcat to install. This effectively builds the tomcat_url from a known URL ( with the given version (default=8.0.21) * tomcat_url: The URL to the tomcat binary used to install tomcat. This will override the url provided by version. NOTE: version needs to still be up to date in order to install tomcat properly * shutdown_timeout: The timeout used when trying to shutdown the tomcat service (default = 60) * java_settings: A Hash of java settings to be applied to the tomcat process (default = {}) * env_vars: A Hash of environment variables to be available when starting tomcat (default = {}) * init_info: A Hash or ruby block of options to configure the init script. These will be merged with and override the defaults provided (view libraries/cerner_tomcat.rb for defaults) * install_java: A boolean that indicates if we should try to install java (default=true) * limits: A Hash or ruby block of limits applied to the owner user of the tomcat process (default={ 'open_files' => 32_768, 'max_processes' => 1024 }) * create_user: A boolean that indicates if the service user should be created (default=true) * sensitive: A boolean used to ensure sensitive resource data is not logged by the chef-client. Remote_file, cookbook_file, and template sub-resources can be overriden (default=true) * service_manager: The service management framework to use. Supported frameworks include :sysvinit and :upstart. If using :upstart then init_info, shutdown_timeout, and any provided health_checks will be ignored (default=:sysvinit)

Example: ruby cerner_tomcat "my_tomcat" do user "my_user" group "my_group" base_dir "/opt/my_dir" log_dir "/var/log/my_dir" log_rotate_options do frequency: 'daily' size: '10M' maxsize: '100M' end version "7.0.49" shutdown_timeout 120 java_settings("-Xms" => "512m", "-Xmx" => "512m", "-XX:PermSize=" => "384m", "-XX:MaxPermSize=" => "384m" "-XX:+UseParNewGC" => "") env_vars("MY_VAR" => "MY_VALUE") init_info('Default-Start' => '1 2 3 4 5') install_java false limits( 'open_files' => 32_768, 'max_processes' => 1024 ) end

Sub-Resource Parameters:


A health check to be run when starting the tomcat service which uses HTTP to hit a web app's health resource to verify it started correctly and is working. The name of the resource should be the URL to your web app's health resource.


  • http_method: The HTTP method to use when running the health check (default=GET)
  • backoff: An array that indicates how back off should be handled, including the number of times and how long to wait before trying again (default=[0, 5, 10, 30, 30, 60])
  • time_bound: The amount of time to wait before timing out a request (default=3)
  • args: Additional command line arguments to pass into cURL

Example: ``` ruby cerner_tomcat "my_tomcat" do # Uses defaults health_check "http://localhost:8080/myApp/health"

health_check "http://localhost:8080/myApp/health" do http_method 'POST' backoff [0, 1, 2, 3] time_bound 5 end end ```


A web application to be included in the tomcat installation. The name of the sub-resource should be the context root to be used for the application. This sub-resource also accepts cookbook_file, remote_file, and template sub-resources just like those listed above.

Parameters: * source: The URL to the war file of the application (required)

Example: ``` ruby cerner_tomcat "my_tomcat" do web_app "myApp" do source ""

cookbook_file "WEB-INF/classes/" do
  source ""

remote_file "WEB-INF/lib/mysql.jar" do
  source ""

template "WEB-INF/classes/" do
  source ""

end end ```


This project is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

When contributing to the project please add your name to the CONTRIBUTORS.txt file. Adding your name to the CONTRIBUTORS.txt file signifies agreement to all rights and reservations provided by the License.

To contribute to the project execute a pull request through github. The pull request will be reviewed by the community and merged by the project committers. Please attempt to conform to the test, code conventions, and code formatting standards if any are specified by the project before submitting a pull request.


Releases should happen regularly after most changes. Feel free to request a release by logging an issue.


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Copyright 2013 Cerner Innovation, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

Dependent cookbooks

compat_resource >= 12.16
poise-service ~> 1.4
poise-archive ~> 1.2
poise ~> 2.4
logrotate >= 0.0.0
ulimit ~> 0.3
java ~> 1.42

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

Change Log

2.3.0 - 10-26-2016

  • [Bug] Issue-26 : Install block has unnecessary not_if guard
  • [Enhancement] Issue-25 : Adding additional properties to sub resources
  • [Enhancement] Issue-23 : Support additional command line options for health checks
  • [Enhancement] Issue-15 : Add a flag to disable user/group creation

2.2.0 - 09-13-2016

  • [Enhancement] Issue-17 : ulimit settings are hard-coded in the provider
  • [Enhancement] Issue-16 : Reduce the number of service start-up events on a single chef-client execution

2.1.1 - 05-02-2016

  • [Bug] Issue-9 : Restart service on java setting changes
  • [Bug] Issue-8 : Uninstall action needs recursive property to delete tomcat instance

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