Slow Tomcat startup...

Jiri Novak bati at
Tue Mar 15 06:42:53 PST 2005

Hello list...
I'm having troubles with FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE-p5 on amd64, with Apache2 
and Tomcat 5.0.30 (jdk1.5.0) installed. The problem I'm experiencing is 
very strange - Tomcat startup times are very very long, about 3-4 
minutes, with three virtual hosts. Each virtual host does stall on 
startup for some time. At first I thought, that there is some DNS 
misconfiguration, but it isn't, I don't even see any DNS traffic using 
tcpdump. To ensure, that problem is not the JDK, I tried 
linux-sun-jdk-1.4, with same results. What puzzles me most is that I 
have i686 machine with almost the same config 
(apache/tomcat/webapps/dns), on which startup of tomcat lasts about 
10-12 seconds.
I'm not totally convinced, that the problem lies in architecture, so I'm 
asking on this list - anybody seen this behavior? Is it really 
architecture bound problem?
     Jiri Novak
<novak at>

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