Ubuntu Server Alfresco 404 Error

January 28, 2009 at 9:05 am 1 comment

I decided to post this here since I couldn’t find a solution online. Maybe this will help someone else…

I installed Alfresco Labs on a Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid) server, and ran into several problems getting it to work. These resulted in just getting “404 Errors” from Tomcat any time I tried accessing it.

First- you want to uninstall OpenJDK- Alfresco likes Sun Java. Install the Sun Java JDK or JRE.

Second- apparently by default- Ubuntu Server already installs Tomcat. This seems to conflict with Alfresco’s Tomcat server, even though it uses a different port. You need to uninstall Tomcat from Ubuntu Server first.

After I did these two things, and tweaked the Java memory settings (guided by error messages in alfresco.log), Alfresco worked.

If you are running the default “headless”/no-GUI version of Ubuntu Server- you also want to install OpenOffice. Alfresco uses it’s “headless” server mode to do document conversion.


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  • 1. neowolfwitch  |  January 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

    For the record, before someone tells me: “Why didn’t you just use port 8180 for Alfresco for the second Tomcat implementation?!” Um- been there, done that. Didn’t work.

    I’m really not sure why the two Tomcat’s don’t co-exist, but they just didn’t.

    In theory, OpenJDK and Sun-java-JDK can co-exist too, but for some reason they seemed to cause problems together.


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