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Installing Railo 3.3 + Resin On Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Server

Update 2/19/2013

A Step-By-Step Guide To Install Railo 3.3 + Resin On Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) Server

Hi! My name is Doug, you may remember me from such wacky articles as Installing Railo 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), Installing Railo 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and Lion Server. The Little App That Should, But Doesn't.Ahhh, those were the days. I was young, happy and had so much free time. Sometimes I could sit for hours, my windows open (Real windows, not the MS variety), enjoying the cool sounds and smells of summer that would take me away to far away lands. Where the heck has the time gone!?!?

The last article I wrote, Lion Server. The Little App That Should, But Doesn't, was about my total and utter disappointment with the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server software. It was one of those moments in my life, when I become extremely disappointed with a company that I admire. I hadn't felt like that since 1996 when Norton Anti-Virus completely toasted a hard drive, causing me to lose 6 months worth of work. Almost a year-to-the-day that I wrote that article, I decided to give it another stab. I downloaded the update, which at the time of this writing was 10.7.4. Just like the previous version, it installed without a hitch. But something was different this time... something I... can't... put in... words... it worked!?!? It's actually working... without... crashing!!! Slow clap for you Apple, Inc. Yes, you deserve a pat on the back. Well, I mean it should have been working a year ago, but still, congrats!

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Installing Railo 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

A Step-By-Step Guide To Install Railo Server 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

This week I went ahead and purchased a Mac Mini to replace my very old Apple G4 server. One of the first things I had to do was to get Railo 3.1 to run on it. You may recall, I already created a nice blog entry called Installing Railo 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), to help people get Railo running on Mac OS X 1.5. I really didn't think that installing it on 10.6 (Snow Leopard) would be that difficult, but I was wrong.

First of all, the original source of my guide was based off of another blog entry by Luis Majano. But apparently, his website had changed, and as of this writing, was not even working. I remembered he had a nice entry on enabling 64 bit mode when installing, but without his reference, I was SOL and on my own. But fear not my fellow Railo fans, because I spent a better part of a day figuring it out.

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Installing Railo 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

A Step-By-Step Guide To Install Railo Server 3.1 On Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

When I was ready to install Railo server I hit up google to see how you would go about installing it on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). There wasn't a lot out there. Actually, there was only one good article I could find, but it didn't allow me to do everything. I've decided to post the steps I took to install Railo Server on my Apple G4 running Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. But first, I have to give credit where credit is due. I based this entire article on what I found here at Luis F. Majano's blog. Everything is built upon this post. Thanks Luis!

My Goal

The goal of this install is to get Railo running on my server and to have all web files located in a common folder and accessible from the outside internet. I need to do this, so my clients can check their site as I am developing them. I have not tried installing PHP or Adobe ColdFusion server along side Railo. This is something I may look into down the road.

My Setup

  • Here's a quick list of my setup:
  • Apple G4 Server running Mac OS X 10.5.8
  • Railo 3.1.1 w/Resin for Apache (
  • MySQL 5.1.38 (This is not really important for this tutorial, just listing what I'm using)


You are going to need to have a text-editor of some sort, I use BBEdit. It allows me to edit hidden/protected files, by providing my Admin password. I'm going to assume that you can figure out how to edit these files if you plan on using something else. You are going to need to use the (don't be scared, I'm by no means a Terminal master). And finally, you are going to need to have XCode installed on your development machine in order to make the install the Railo Apache connector. And lastly, you need to be logged in as an Administrator. I don't think this will work, if you cannot do this.

This may seem obvious to some, but just in case, you also need to have Apache running. To do this, you need to open up System Preferences > Sharing. Make sure that Web Sharing is checked. You can test if Apache is working by pointing your web browser to your server (localhost or if it's on the machine locally) and see if you get the default Apache welcome screen. If it is, your ready to roll. If it's not, then you need to get that working before you can continue.

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Giving Railo a Chance

Transitioning From Adobe ColdFusion To Railo On Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

I've been developing ColdFusion sites for a good 10 years. I remember the Allaire days, eased through the Macromedia days and suffered through the Adobe days. ColdFusion 4.0 was my first taste of the CFML language. I'm not sure if it was it short learning curve or it's ability to allow me to create websites so quickly, but either way I fell for it instantly.

I'll be the first one to tell you that ColdFusion always had room for improvement. My complaints were fairly simple, from wanting server side image manipulation without using a plug-ins, to making it less of a resource hog. The biggest complaint I have nowadays, is the fact that Adobe seems to be focusing ColdFusions attention to Flash and Flex. Two technologies, which I will admit, could care less about.

I'm sure some of you would argue with me, but I think the days of developing Flash sites are numbered. With HTML 5 on the horizon, there's really no need to bother with this buggy, resource hogging, technology. It saddens me that Adobe (or more to the point, Adobe's sales department) is pushing this technology so hard. I wish they would focus more on the core language and features, but alas they don't seem to be going that direction.

Then this week something happened. My ancient Apple G4 development server which was running Adobe ColdFusion 8 crashed. I decided to do a clean install of everything and at the same time upgrade the operating system from Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. I really wanted to take advantage of Apple's Time Machine to do my back-ups, which unfortunately is only available for Leopard users. The upgrade was going smoothly up to the point where I installed ColdFusion server. Oops! Apparently ColdFusion doesn't play well with Leopard. IT has something to do with the Apache contector or something. Honestly I just didn't care anymore.

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