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GnuMims is a web application built with the Grails web framework.
Once installed to a server all user access is via a web browser (IE, Firefox, Safari etc) so there are no installation requirements for user machines.

There are two ways to get gnuMims running:

  1. Download a prepared WAR file and deploy to a Java Servlet (as detailed bellow).
  2. Download the source code and build a custom WAR with Grails (see the Developer Start Page for this option).

Note: the online Demo provides the easiest way to take gnuMims for a test run.


  • Java servlet.
    • We currently use Tomcat-6.
  • Sun Java SDK.
    • We currently use "Java-6.24" (Debian Squeeze: sun-java6-jdk).
  • Database.
    • The development WAR is configured to use an in memory database (HSQLDB).
      • This will NOT save data between restarts!
      • But has the advantage that no database setup is required, good for quick demo runs.
      • May be handy to check that the Java server is working.
    • The production WAR is configured to use MySQL.
    • For other database options please see the Changing the Database.

WAR Deployment Steps

A server with Tomcat and a Java servlet can be a tricky thing to setup.
If you are not experienced with these things please contact us for help!
By all means have a go if you are keen but contact us well BEFORE severe hair loss occurs ;-)
We would rather help than have you give up and miss out on a great application.

  • Copy the war file to [$TOMCAT_HOME]/webapps/gnuMims.war or choose to upload through the Tomcat Manager.
  • Point your web browser to http://localhost:8180/gnuMims/ or http://myserver:port/gnuMims[Live|Dev].
  • Restart Tomcat if required.
  • The exact case and name of the war file must match the browser URL.
  • Login with the user name "admin" and password "pass".

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