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Installing Tomcat 5 with JDK 1.5 on Centos 4.4

By  Sean Reifschneider Date November 2, 2005

NOTE: Thanks to Ben Chapman for updating the previous version of the instructions. This document mirrored from (no longer accessible) with modifications to the style, formatting and attribution.

These instructions help you install Sun's Java JDK on Centos 4.4, so that you can run tomcat 5.

First, you'll need some base packages that you may not have already installed.

   yum install rpm-build gcc-java

Visit the site and navigate to their yum page (

Copy this file ( ) into /etc/yum.repos.d/

The repo file does not have the jpackage repositories enabled by default. You'll need to set enabled=1 for each repo that you need.

   yum update

Get some SRPMs for building the non-free packages. I like installing these to /usr/local/src on Linux systems. If you prefer another directory (/tmp works well) use it instead.

   cd /usr/local/src

Download some required files to /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES:

   cd /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES

Download here after agreeing to the license. Look for the link to "Class Files 1.0.1B"

Download jdk-1_5_0_11-linux-i586.bin, again after agreeing to a license. The Sun page is somewhat confusing to navigate. You can start here and navigate through the series of clicks until you get to the following screen.

   Image of downloadable J2 SDK

This page was last updated on 2006-03-07. You might have to poke around on the to find the right files if Sun has changed those pages too much.

Build and install the non-free packages.

   rpmbuild --rebuild /usr/local/src/java-1.5.0-sun-
   rpm -ivh /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i586/java-1.5.0-sun-1.5.0-11-1jpp.i586.rpm
   rpm -ivh /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/i586/java-1.5.0-sun-devel-
   rpmbuild --rebuild --without javadoc /usr/local/src/jta-1.0.1-0.b.4jpp.nosrc.rpm
   rpm -ivh /usr/src/redhat/RPMS/noarch/jta-1.0.1-0.b.4jpp.noarch.rpm

And finally, install the free packages (do not panic - this will cause lots of packages to be installed):

   yum install tomcat5 tomcat5-webapps tomcat5-admin-webapps


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