Let me try this again now that I have more information. Once or twice a
day Tomcat4 fails. It is still running, it just doesn't respond.

This server:
# cat /etc/novell-release
Novell Open Enterprise Server Linux (i586) VERSION = 9
PATCHLEVEL = 12/16/2005 OES SP2
# cat /etc/SuSE-release
SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9 (i586) VERSION = 9
PATCHLEVEL = 4

Restarting Tomcat4 gives this:
Stopping tomcat4: Using CATALINA_BASE: /var/opt/novell/tomcat4
Using CATALINA_HOME: /var/opt/novell/tomcat4
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /var/opt/novell/tomcat4/temp
Using JAVA_HOME: /opt/novell/lib/java2
Catalina.stop: java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused
java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.socketConnect(Native Method)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.doConnect(PlainSocketImpl .java:305)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connectToAddress
(PlainSocketImpl.java:171)
at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.connect(PlainSocketImpl.j ava:158)
at java.net.Socket.connect(Socket.java:464)
at java.net.Socket.connect(Socket.java:414)
at java.net.Socket.<init>(Socket.java:310)
at java.net.Socket.<init>(Socket.java:125)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina.stop(Catalina .java:532)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina.execute(Catal ina.java:352)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina.process(Catal ina.java:129)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Nativ e Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke
(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke
(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:324)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.main(Bootstr ap.java:156)

Starting tomcat4: Using CATALINA_BASE: /var/opt/novell/tomcat4
Using CATALINA_HOME: /var/opt/novell/tomcat4
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /var/opt/novell/tomcat4/temp
Using JAVA_HOME: /opt/novell/lib/java2

Does that tell you anything?

Thanks
Bob Crandell