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Installing Drupal on Tomcat

Drupal 6.20 installed very smoothly on Tomcat using Quercus for the PHP support.

Drupal 7.0 doesn't work yet unfortunately (as at Feb-2011).

Getting Started

  • First, download and install Quercus, and make sure it's running properly. See Using PHP with Tomcat for how to do this.
  • Next download and unzip Drupal from http://drupal.org/
  • Upload the files to the folder you created when installing Quercus (example: drupal)
  • Access the application to start the installer, http://yoursite/drupal
  • The Drupal installer will ask you for the database connection details, a password, and your email settings
  • The installer will complete, after successfully attaching to the database
  • Once the installer has completed, you can log in and start customising your new site!

Known Issues

These are the problems we ran into when installing Drupal on Tomcat and how we solved them.

Known Issue - 6.20 - if database connections are entered correctly, errors show and there is no way to go back

If you have entered the database connections incorrectly, you'll get a series of errors instead. In this case, simply delete the file <drupal>/sites/default/settings.php and rerun the installer.

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