Help me Instal Tomcat on Linux

Posted on 2002-07-16
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I have just installed linux mandrake 8.2...first time every using linux!  Ok so i need to setup tomcat.  I have downloaded the software, unpacked it and moved it to a folder in my home directory called App.  By the way, where should i be installing software too, which folder?  

According to this article, , the next thing i need to do is setup JAVA_HOME and TOMCAT_HOME.  I have typed in the commands:
TOMCAT_HOME=/home/username/App/tomcat4 export TOMCAT_HOME

When i type these both in i get no response but a new that normal?  Ok so thinking everything is done i went to the bin directory in tomcat.  Using the shell i typed it responds:
  bash: command not found

So thats where i am at...Can you help?

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There is an open question on similar scenario, except the platform is Win2K.

Or you can browse the PAQ Q by Cleare and solution by: cheekycj

Some interesting link;

I hope this could be a good start.

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ID: 7163677
Samri, I am confused, from the links your provided it gives me the impression that I need to install tomcat along with apache, is this true?  On my windows machine I only installed apache and I was able to serve my Jsp pages.  

I think my initial question is more related to Linux then to apache.  Having just started out on Linux I thinking I am doing something wrong with my installation that has nothing to do with apache but has to do with the norms of installing an application on Linux.  Apache comes with an install doc but after following each instruction I am still unable to install/run the application....

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samri earned 100 total points
ID: 7163853

Apology on the confusion.

You are right.  Apache itself should be able to serve jsp pages. I think you are doing fine with your installation.

Back to your problem (I might have misread it!), try doing;


Remember that you had a "./" in front.  This would run the startup in the current directory.  By running "" alone, the OS would then try to search the in your PATH, which would fail.

give it a shot, and feedback.

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ID: 7166189
Samri..."./" worked...that all it was  Thanks so much.  Can i ask you one last thing?  In order to run tomcat i have to go the shell and type export JAVA_HOME path...what do i need to do so that i dont have to enter this each and everytime i restart my computer...i read that i have to place that line in the profile file...but which one and do i just copy that exact line anywhere in the doc?

Thanks for the help
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Expert Comment

ID: 7166227

you can add that environment  variable JAVA_HOME="/whatever/path" in your login profile (.login or .profile), or you may add it to the system profile.  Look for the file profile in folder /etc/.  There should some content already there.


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ID: 7166236
great...but i find it a tad strange that there are so many different locations for me to set this variable, perhaps it will make more sense once i learn more about linux.  Thanks so much for the help!
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ID: 7166627

Kinda confusing.  Apology.  I should have be more specific.  Basicall, the .login or .profile in you home directory will be your personall env (or whatever) setting you set ,whereeas the one in /etc/ will be system wide.  Meaning that is there is one line "set SOMEVAR=some_value" in /etc/profile, but you had SOMEVAR=other-val in your personal profile, when you login, or your processes would be other-val as the value, whereas other user would be using some_valus as the.

I hope this could be useful.  And yes, it is definitely a great time to start to get yourself comfortable with Unix/Linux.


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