Documentation for JIRA 4.1. Documentation for other versions of JIRA is available too.

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If you want to run JIRA as a server on OSX, you will need to configure it
to load as a userdaemon. OSX has migrated configuration scripts from
services such as cron, rc, or init.d to the launchd utility. There are
some good introductory and in-depth explanations of it's function on the
web. You can find out more about launchd here:

http://developer.apple.com/macosx/launchd.html

It's easier to use Lingon (http://lingon.sourceforge.net/) to define
your plist xml definitions for import into launchd; although because
launchd does not permit forking of processes you will need to call
$TOMCAT_HOME/bin/catalina.sh directly.

Example definition of com.atlassian.jira.plist:

I'd advise adding the <UserName> tag to tell OSX which user to run
Tomcat under, eg running Tomcat under root is not recommended. JAVA_HOME
will be inherited as an environment variable for whichever user you
define in the XML definition - so configure it for that user's .profile
in their home directory.

If you wanted to run JIRA as a WAR web-archive, and use OSX's factory
install of Tomcat, please see the JIRA WAR installation instructions.

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