Debug mode to show runtime errors using catalina debug?

Hi experts, this is a rather simple question i  guess, but i need some help on this as i'm a newbie to tomcat and jsp in general.

Currently i am running tomcat 4.0.6. All i do is start it up and i get

Apache Tomcat/4.0.6
Starting service Tomcat-Apache
Apache Tomcat/4.0.6

I understand theres a way i can load up tomcat in a debug mode which should show errors/activities when my jsp code is being processed. I've been taught using

catalina jpda start or
catalina debug >> followed by "run"

to enter debug mode
however, these two commands dont seem to have any effect on my tomcat console. is there anything wrong?
lodelodeAsked:
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jimmackCommented:
Do you mean you want to set the Logger up to give you more information (inside your <Context>) ?

http://jakarta.apache.org/tomcat/tomcat-4.0-doc/config/logger.html
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lodelodeAuthor Commented:
i'm looking for something like a jboss console where all the processing activities are shown.

pardon my lack of knowledge with regards to the Logger you have provided, it seems a little high end for me.

to put things short, i would want what is stored in my log files to be directly shown in the tomcat console..

egs

Files\Apache Tomcat 4.0\webapps\webdav
2003-12-09 23:13:02 WebappLoader[/webdav]: Deploying class repositories to work directory C:\Program Files\Apache Tomcat 4.0\work\Standalone\localhost\webdav
2003-12-09 23:13:02 StandardManager[/webdav]: Seeding random number generator class java.security.SecureRandom
2003-12-09 23:13:02 StandardManager[/webdav]: Seeding of random number generator has been completed
2003-12-09 23:13:03 ContextConfig[/webdav]: Added certificates -> request attribute Valve
2003-12-09 23:13:03 StandardWrapper[/webdav:default]: Loading container servlet default
2003-12-09 23:13:03 StandardWrapper[/webdav:invoker]: Loading container servlet invoker
2003-12-09 23:13:11 StandardWrapperValve[jsp]: Servlet.service() for servlet jsp threw exception
javax.servlet.ServletException: Unable to connect to any hosts due to exception: java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused: connect
      at org.apache.jasper.runtime.PageContextImpl.handlePageException(PageContextImpl.java:471)
      at org.apache.jsp.TMP7kzpwpmvjy$jsp._jspService(TMP7kzpwpmvjy$jsp.java:90)
      at org.apache.jasper.runtime.HttpJspBase.service(HttpJspBase.java:107)
      at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:853)
      at org.apache.jasper.servlet.JspServlet$JspServletWrapper.service(JspServlet.java:201)
      at org.apache.jasper.servlet.JspServlet.serviceJspFile(JspServlet.java:381)
      at org.apache.jasper.servlet.JspServlet.service(JspServlet.java:473)
      at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:853)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:247)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:193)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapperValve.invoke(StandardWrapperValve.java:243)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invokeNext(StandardPipeline.java:566)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invoke(StandardPipeline.java:472)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.invoke(ContainerBase.java:943)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContextValve.invoke(StandardContextValve.java:190)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invokeNext(StandardPipeline.java:566)
      at org.apache.catalina.valves.CertificatesValve.invoke(CertificatesValve.java:246)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invokeNext(StandardPipeline.java:564)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invoke(StandardPipeline.java:472)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.invoke(ContainerBase.java:943)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.invoke(StandardContext.java:2347)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHostValve.invoke(StandardHostValve.java:180)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invokeNext(StandardPipeline.java:566)
      at org.apache.catalina.valves.ErrorDispatcherValve.invoke(ErrorDispatcherValve.java:170)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invokeNext(StandardPipeline.java:564)
      at org.apache.catalina.valves.ErrorReportValve.invoke(ErrorReportValve.java:170)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invokeNext(StandardPipeline.java:564)
      at org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve.invoke(AccessLogValve.java:468)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invokeNext(StandardPipeline.java:564)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invoke(StandardPipeline.java:472)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.invoke(ContainerBase.java:943)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngineValve.invoke(StandardEngineValve.java:174)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invokeNext(StandardPipeline.java:566)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardPipeline.invoke(StandardPipeline.java:472)
      at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.invoke(ContainerBase.java:943)
      at org.apache.catalina.connector.http.HttpProcessor.process(HttpProcessor.java:1027)
      at org.apache.catalina.connector.http.HttpProcessor.run(HttpProcessor.java:1125)
      at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:536)
----- Root Cause -----
java.sql.SQLException: Unable to connect to any hosts due to exception: java.net.ConnectException: Connection refused: connect
      at com.mysql.jdbc.Connection.createNewIO(Connection.java:1622)
      at com.mysql.jdbc.Connection.<init>(Connection.java:491)
      at com.mysql.jdbc.NonRegisteringDriver.connect(NonRegisteringDriver.java:346)
      at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(DriverManager.java:512)
      at java.sql.DriverManager.getConnection(DriverManager.java:171)
      at org.apache.jsp.TMP7kzpwpmvjy$jsp._jspService(TMP7kzpwpmvjy$jsp.java:61)
      at org.apache.jasper.runtime.HttpJspBase.service(HttpJspBase.java:107)
      at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:853)

instead of having to constantly look at the log file to see what happened, i'd like to debug the error by viewing it from the tomcat console itself. any suggestions?
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jimmackCommented:
Hmm.  Tricky one.  Since I use Linux, I would do the following:

tail -f /var/tomcat4/logs/catalina.out

This displays the end of the file (tail) and each time something is added, this is also displayed (-f).  You may be able to do this under Windows with something called cygwin, but I'm not sure how.

http://archives.real-time.com/pipermail/tomcat-users/2003-January/091734.html

Maybe kennethxu might know (he's bound to have a look at this question before long ;-))
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lodelodeAuthor Commented:
thanks tho.

just wondering if u're sure of what

catalina jpda start

does? i was told it would engage in some debug mode. but nothing changes in my tomcat console
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jimmackCommented:
I've never used anything like this myself, however, according to a very brief scan through this article:

http://www.fawcette.com/javapro/2003_06/online/debugging_kjones_06_23_03/default_pf.aspx

It seems that the start line that you are using allows a remote debugger to be used for the servlet container.

It doesn't seem to have anything to do with output to a console.

There are some other articles about it on google.  You might have some luck if you check through some of them:

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=%22catalina+jpda+start%22&btnG=Google+Search
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