Production Weekly Rolling Tomcat Restarts

Kevin P. Foote kpfoote at
Tue Feb 26 14:25:57 EST 2013

On Tue, 26 Feb 2013, Royder, Kyle D wrote:

>  I've inherited a Shibboleth service that includes 3 IdP.  There is a cron job on each machine to restart tomcat automatically once a week, on different days, for each machine.  I can't find any discussion as to why this was setup this way.  Is it normal or recommended for a high traffic IdP tomcat instance to be restarted regularly and I'm just missing something in the Productionalization section on the wiki?

Congrats :-)

No you are not missing anything in the wiki..

With general container issues like that, it is left up to the site admin. 
So it is completely up to you how you manage your tomcat instances across
machines etc. My guess is this was done by your predecessor to clean 
up the JVM memory on each host weekly.


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