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    Question:

    What is causing the ‘Waiting to Start’ message in the GeoServer Command Shell?

    Answer:

    If GeoServer fails to start, the likely reason is incompatibility between the GeoServer installation version and JAVA.

    Even if you install GeoServer correctly and it states that there is a valid Java Runtime Environment (JRE), GeoServer may still fail to startup.

    If this occurs, follow these steps: 

    • Uninstall GeoServer
    • Uninstall JAVA
    • Find a valid Java install that is compatible with GeoServer. For example when installing GeoServer 2.15.1

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    • I use this Java installer:

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    • Re-install JAVA using the compatible JRE
    • Re-install GeoServer
    • Start the Service
    • Your GeoServer Web Admin Page should now successfully open

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    Here is a related FAQ - https://www.cadlinecommunity.co.uk/hc/en-us/articles/360000301317-GeoServer-HTTP-ERROR-503

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