Installing Java SDK/Tomcat to Ubuntu Feisty (Part 2)

In the previous post, I described how to get your Java SDK installed on your machine. In this piece, I’ll lay out how to get your tomcat instance up and running.

Let’s setup our JAVA_HOME. While you can set this setting in many places, I decide to stick it in bash.bashrc.

My Java installation from apt-get put Java under /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun.

sudo vi /etc/bash.bashrc

Enter in:

# set JAVA_HOME environment variable

Save and quit vi. Log out and log back into your console and you should be able to do

 >>echo $JAVA_HOME

I went through the initial attempt of installing tomcat from apt-get. This resulted in a successfully download of all the files, but I wasn’t able to get tomcat to start up. Not only that, it installed tomcat and created symbolic links everywhere and there were permission issues galore. Thanks to the beauty of slicehost, I just rebuilt my machine from my previous snapshot (luckily I made a snapshot after the previous post).

So, I decided to just download and install tomcat manually. I decided on apache-tomcat-5.5.25.

To get started, download the tarball and extract it somewhere.

tar xzvf apache-tomcat-5.5.25.tar.gz
cp -R apache-tomcat-5.5.5 <PATH_TO_TOMCAT_INSTALL>

You will need to go to the bin directory and set some file permissions so you can execute some of the files.

sudo chmod a+x *.sh

It’s a probably good time to see if things are looking good. So try,

 >> ./
Using CATALINA_BASE:   /usr/share/tomcat
Using CATALINA_HOME:   /usr/share/tomcat
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /usr/share/tomcat/temp
Using JRE_HOME:       /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun
Server version: Apache Tomcat/5.5.25
Server built:   Aug 24 2007 05:33:50
Server number:
OS Name:        Linux
OS Version:
Architecture:   amd64
JVM Version:    1.6.0-b105
JVM Vendor:     Sun Microsystems Inc.

Sexy. Let’s go ahead and try to startup tomcat.


By default, tomcat should be running on port 8080. (If you tried to install from apt-get, it’s setup on port 8180)

tomcat default page

Setting up the tomcat manager

sudo vi conf/tomcat-users.xml

We need to setup a manager role to see the tomcat status page:

  <role rolename="manager">
  <user username="admin" password="mysecretpassword" roles="tomcat,manager">

Restart tomcat and confirm you can log into the Tomcat status page and we’re done!


  • I need to setup the system to run tomcat on startup
  • I need to write an init.d script
  • I need to get tomcat to proxy through apache via mod_jk
Installing Java SDK/Tomcat to Ubuntu Feisty (Part 2)

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