And so I have the displeasure of working with Java — a platform I once swear to avoid for the rest of my life — and I had to have my Ubuntu 12.10 environment set up. This is also verified to be similar in Ubuntu 12.04.
If you install tomcat7 from the official repository using “sudo apt-get install tomcat7”, the following paths and commands are probably helpful to you too.
Your WAR files
WAR files (.war) typically go into:
Your log files
Your log files should be here:
It should be called “catalina.out”. It’s useful to check here for troubleshoot Apache Tomcat. It doesn’t mean that tomcat’s successful start would mean the application to be working. catalina.out has saved me on several occasions.
Your tomcat7 configuration files
Server settings goes here:
You might find the other properties files useful as well:
Your tomcat7 and catalina startup shell files
You might need to edit some .sh files like in my case to change Catalina options. You can find the shell scripts here:
You can read more on setting up Catalina environment options.
If you know of other paths worth including, do post a comment. While this is documented more for personal use, I hope you can find it useful too!
This is more of a personal note and a really specific topic. This tutorial assumes you are using Ubuntu 12.10 or Ubuntu 12.04 and installed tomcat7 package. If you haven’t already installed tomcat7, use:
[code language=”bash”]sudo apt-get install tomcat7[/code]
After doing so, create and edit the file setenv.sh. Putting setenv.sh in CATALINA_BASE/bin allows you to keep your customizations separate.
[code language=”bash”]sudo nano /usr/share/tomcat7/bin/setenv.sh[/code]
I set my environment variables (in my case) as in setenv.sh:
CATALINA_OPTS="$CATALINA_OPTS -Xmx1024m -XX:PermSize=256m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m"
If the file is present, catalina.sh will pick it up and add to the runtime parameters.
To restart tomcat7, use:
[code language=”bash”]sudo service tomcat7 restart[/code]
Verifying that it works
After the server restart, run this to check:
[code language=”bash”]ps aux|grep jar[/code]
This should return:
[code language=”bash”]tomcat7 14140 63.8 11.4 4001076 918296 ? Sl 12:26 1:37 /usr/lib/jvm/default-java/bin/java -Djava.util.logging.config.file=/var/lib/tomcat7/conf/logging.properties -Djava.awt.headless=true -Xmx128m -XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC -Djava.util.logging.manager=org.apache.juli.ClassLoaderLogManager -Xmx1024m -XX:PermSize=256m -XX:MaxPermSize=512m -Djava.endorsed.dirs=/usr/share/tomcat7/endorsed -classpath /usr/share/tomcat7/bin/bootstrap.jar:/usr/share/tomcat7/bin/tomcat-juli.jar -Dcatalina.base=/var/lib/tomcat7 -Dcatalina.home=/usr/share/tomcat7 -Djava.io.tmpdir=/tmp/tomcat7-tomcat7-tmp org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap start
kahwee 15564 0.0 0.0 13580 936 pts/1 S+ 12:29 0:00 grep jar[/code]
You should be able spot your line of customization. And that’s the proper way to setting up Catalina options. You can also set JAVA_OPTS through this method too.