Jira instance is not starting due to malformed server.xml

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Accessing Jira after restart shows page stating Jira home directory is locked.


Logs show Jira starting again after 5 seconds in the middle of original start up.

Second start complains about Jira home already being locked and jira is unaccessible

2021-01-28 15:14:42,021+0000 JIRA-Bootstrap ERROR      [c.a.jira.health.HealthChecks] The jira.home directory is locked
2021-01-28 15:14:42,021+0000 JIRA-Bootstrap ERROR      [c.a.jira.health.HealthChecks] The jira.home directory C:\Atlassian\Application Data\JIRA is locked by another running instance of JIRA. Your jira.home directory can only be used by one running JIRA instance.
    Review our documentation for more information on setting your JIRA home.


server.xml file contains 2 Contexts inside the Engine tag.


Remove one of the Contexts from the server.xml file and restart the application

Last modified on Nov 19, 2022

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