Tomcat 6 slow shutdown problems

I’m running Tomcat 6 for a client and the server has had a history of really slow shutdowns. The server admin people couldn’t find a reason but finally, I tracked down the problem

The Ubuntu syslog in /var/log/syslog was showing the following entry:

org.apache.catalina.connector.Connector pause SEVERE: Protocol handler pause failed java.net.ConnectException: Connection timed out

The cause of this was apparent when I ran the command line

hostname

The result was “www“, not very helpful

I updated the /etc/hostname file and then ran

/etc/init.d/hostname.sh start

The stop time dropped from around 3 minutes to 30 seconds.

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