Tomcat Configuration Recommendations

It is recommended that you create a file named setenv.bat (Windows) or setenv.sh (Linux) and place it in the Tomcat bin directory. With this file (which is run by the catalina.bat and catalina.sh scripts), you can change the following Tomcat environment settings with the JAVA_OPTS variable:

  • You can set the minimum and maximum memory heap size with the JVM -Xms and -Xmx parameters. The best limits depend on many conditions, such as transformations that Integrator ETL should execute. For Information Discovery transformations, a maximum of 1 GB is recommended. For example, to set the minimum heap size to 128 MB and the maximum heap size to 1024 MB, use: JAVA_OPTS="-Xms128m -Xmx1024m"
  • You should set the maximum limit of the PermGen (Permanent Generation) memory space to a size larger than the default. The default of 64 MB is not enough for enterprise applications. A suitable memory limit depends on various criteria, but 256 MB would make a good choice in most cases. If the PermGen space maximum is too low, OutOfMemoryError: PermGen space errors may occur. You can set the PermGen maximum limit with the following JVM parameter: JAVA_OPTS="-XX:MaxPermSize=256m"
  • For performance reasons, it is recommended that the application is run in Server mode. Apache Tomcat does not run in Server mode by default. You can set the Server mode by using the JVM -server parameter. You can set the JVM parameter in the JAVA_OPTS variable in the environment variable in the setenv file.

The following is an example of a setenv.bat file:

set "JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% -Xms128m -Xmx1024m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m -server"

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