Element type Connector must be followed by either attribute specifications

This Knowledge Base article was written specifically for the Atlassian Server platform. Due to the Functional differences in Atlassian Cloud, the contents of this article cannot be applied to Atlassian Cloud applications.

Problem

After making changes to server.xml your Atlassian application fails to start and the following message appears in catalina.out:

06-Jul-2016 09:44:47.930 WARNING [main] org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina.load Catalina.start using /var/atlassian/application-data/bitbucket/shared/server.xml: Element type "Connector" must be followed by either attribute specifications, ">" or "/>".

Cause

The syntax for the Connector element in server.xml is invalid. This can be caused by incorrect use of spaces, using tabs, or other syntax errors.

Resolution

Verify that no tabs are used in the Connector block an all attributes are syntactically correct. After finding the offending character, correct it and restart the application.

Last modified on May 2, 2017

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