Production Weekly Rolling Tomcat Restarts

David Gersic dgersic at
Tue Feb 26 15:21:41 EST 2013

>>> On 2/26/2013 at 01:14 PM, "Royder, Kyle D" <kroyder at> wrote: 
> shib users:
>   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.

Likely it was a workaround for a problem, probably one that has long since been resolved.

> Is it normal or recommended for a high traffic IdP tomcat instance 
> to be restarted regularly

I'm going with "no" here. I don't restart mine unless there's a problem requiring it, and then I work to ensure that whatever the problem was that it gets resolved and stays resolved so that I don't have to do it again.

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