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I just updated my macbook from OS 10.6.3 to 10.6.8 (yes, I know it's very outdated). Now I have org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap appearing in my dock, and I have no idea what it's doing there. It won't let me turn off or restart the computer while it's running.

How do I turn it off? Please keep in mind that I have zero experience coding with java, and will need someone to walk me through it step-by-step. Thanks.
 
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Yeah, sometimes a Java task will put that icon in the Dock. I get it when I run Tomcat, or an instance of the Play server.

I've never noticed a problem with restart or shutdown -- but then, I rarely restart or shutdown my Mac. Stopping the server should free up any issues you might be having.

P.S. Sometimes I've noticed that Tomcat will lock up a process and refuse to close. In that case you may need to Force Quit.
 
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Thanks for the info. Force Quit helps somewhat; it will at least stay closed until I restart the computer.

I have no idea what program is making my mac launch Tomcat in the first place. Is there a way to disable automatic launch of Tomcat at startup?
 
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Hmmm, Tomcat will usually not start on its own unless you;ve done something to cause that to happen.

I found this article on setting it up via launchd. You might check if things are set up this way and back it out.

You might also check your Login Items in the Users System Prefs pane.
 
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I tried turning off my login items, but it didn't make a difference. Thanks for the link; I will have to try to make sense of it when I have more time.

(Also, I'm not sure if it's in effect yet, but I've updated my user name).

Thanks for your help; I really appreciate your taking the time to reply.
 
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Do you remember how you installed Tomcat? Usually one just unpacks the tar file, and that doesn't do anything to cause it to automatically start at boot.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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