Tomcat 6 installation on Ubuntu Feisty

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Download the latest Tomcat to your desktop:, then run

sudo tar zxvf apache-tomcat-6.0.10.tar.gz

sudo cp -R apache-tomcat-6.0.10 /usr/share/tomcat6

Setting JAVA environment

Download the latest J2SE SDK, and run

sudo chmod +x *.bin

sudo sh ./jdk*.bin

Executing the .bin file creates a folder on your desktop named jdk1.6.0_01. Rename that folder to Java6u1. Now move that folder to /usr/lib

sudo mv Java6u1 /usr/lib

sudo update-alternatives --install /usr/bin/java java /usr/lib/Java6u1/bin/java 300

sudo update-alternatives --config java

1 /usr/lib/Java6u1/bin/java
2 /usr/bin/gij-wrapper-4.1
3 /usr/lib/jvm/java-gcj/jre/bin/java

Select 1

Setting the following environment

Edit /etc/environment

gedit /etc/environment, then insert and save two lines


Tomcat needs to set JAVA_HOME or JRE_HOME to execute. Open the follow document and edit the lines

sudo gedit ~/.bashrc

then place the following lines in

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/Java6u1
export PATH=$PATH:$JAVA_HOME/bin

Start and stop tomcat

Now start your tomcat: sudo /usr/share/tomcat6/bin/./

Type http://localhost:8080 in your browser. If you see the tomcat welcome page, your tomcat is running smoothly. If you are installing below 5.5 version, please try 8180.

Stopping tomcat: sudo /usr/share/tomcat6/bin/./

Tomcat administrator setting

Edit this document:

sudo gedit /usr/share/tomcat6/conf/tomcat-users.xml

before </tomcat-users> insert this line

<user username="your username" password="your password" roles="admin,manager"/>

Save and restart your tomcat. You can login to your tomcat admin by using your new set id and password now.

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