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Orbeon with Tomcat8, Mysql, on a EC2 Linux AMI

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Recently I had to come up with an open source solution around form creation and tracking. Surprisingly there were not many options for self hosted solutions, however one search result that kept popping up was Orbeon forms. To begin I decided to test this form creation software out on an EC2 instance running a Linux AMI. I chose to use Mysql and Tomcat together with Orbeon and found that the AMI’s implementation of Tomcat8 was missing a couple of JAR files. This is how I was able to get Orbeon forms to run.

## First install tomcat
yum install java-1.8.0
yum remove java-1.7.0-openjdk
yum install tomcat8 tomcat8-webapps tomcat8-admin-webapps tomcat8-docs-webapp
service tomcat8 start
## Modify /usr/share/tomcat8/tomcat-users.xml
<user name="admin" password="somepassword" roles="admin,manager,admin-gui,admin-script,manager-gui,manager-script,manager-jmx,manager-status" />
</tomcat-users>

## Now download the latest Apache tomcat8 extract and scp the following file to your instance
scp tomcat-jdbc.jar ec2-user@<someIP>:/home/ec2-user

## It appears that when you install from a package manager on the EC2 instance it is missing the jdbc jar.

## Follow the rest of the Orbeon installation procedure. Including the form properties.

## Modify /usr/share/tomcat8/webapps/orbeon/WEB-INF/resources/config/properties-local.xml

[root@ip-172-31-78-7 config]# cat properties-local.xml
<!--
    This file is an empty template for your own properties-local.xml file. Please follow the instructions here:

    https://doc.orbeon.com/configuration/properties/
-->
<properties xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
            xmlns:oxf="http://www.orbeon.com/oxf/processors">


    <property as="xs:string"
        name="oxf.fr.persistence.provider.*.*.*"
              value="mysql"/>

    <property as="xs:string"
        name="oxf.fr.persistence.mysql.datasource"
        value="mysql"/>

    <property
              as="xs:anyURI"
              name="oxf.url-rewriting.service.base-uri"
              value="http://localhost:8080/orbeon"/>

    <property
    	      as="xs:integer"
    	      name="oxf.fr.summary.page-size.*.*"
    	      value="10"/>

<property
    as="xs:boolean"
    name="oxf.fr.summary.*.*.*"
    value="true"/>

</properties>

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