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Posted on 2006-06-17
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I had everything working fine on my PC, which is a Suse10 box running Apache2 and Tomcat5.

I don't remember changing anything, but my webserver stopped working - I'm pretty sure Apache is working fine, but Tomcat isn't.  I can't access it either through Apache (mod_jk) or directly on port 8080.  Have a look yourself: http://malydog.homeip.net

I found this error in /var/log/tomcat5/base/catalina_log.2006-06-18.txt

javax.naming.NamingException: /srv/www/tomcat5/base/conf/tomcat-users.xml.new (Permission denied)

Considering the hell I went through setting this all up in the first place, I'm not even going to begin trying to sort it out myself.  HELP!

Here is the contents of the directory which contains tomcat-users.xml:
total 108
drwxr-xr-x  5 root   root    4096 2006-06-18 11:22 .
drwxr-xr-x  3 root   root    4096 2006-05-09 09:33 ..
drwxrwxrwx  2 tomcat tomcat  4096 2006-04-14 21:32 auto
drwxr-xr-x  3 root   root    4096 2006-05-09 09:33 Catalina
-rw-rw-rw-  1 tomcat tomcat  6954 2005-09-13 12:20 catalina.policy
-rw-rw-rw-  1 tomcat tomcat  2754 2005-09-13 12:20 catalina.properties
-rw-r--r--  1 root   root       0 2006-06-18 11:22 foo.txt
drwxrwxrwx  2 tomcat tomcat  4096 2006-04-14 13:48 jk
-rw-rw-rw-  1 tomcat tomcat   778 2005-09-13 12:20 jk2.properties
-rw-rw-rw-  1 tomcat tomcat  1128 2005-09-13 12:20 server-minimal.xml
-rw-rw-rw-  1 tomcat tomcat 18813 2006-04-14 16:19 server.xml
-rw-r--r--  1 tomcat tomcat   434 2006-05-07 15:44 tomcat-users.xml
-rw-r--r--  1 root   root     310 2006-04-20 19:40 tomcat-users.xml~
-rw-rw-rw-  1 tomcat tomcat 38929 2005-09-13 12:20 web.xml
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> .. /tomcat-users.xml.new (Permission denied)
the user used to run tomcat (probably tomcat) needs to have proper file permissions on that file (probably read/write permissions)
I guess that you need to do:
  chgrp tomcat /srv/www/tomcat5/base/conf/
  chmod g+s,g+w /srv/www/tomcat5/base/conf/
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i gave that a try and then restarted tomcat, still no luck...  any other ideas?
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> I guess ..
did you veryfy that tomcat runs as user tomcat?
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by:basicinstinct
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Holy hell - I just went to take a look at my site:
http://malydog.homeip.net and it it working again!?!?!!!!  #$%$

ahoffmann, can I ask, did you go to have a look at my website yesterday?
If so, did you get a server error?

Perhaps it magically fixed itself in the same way that it magically
broke...  There's no denying that I  applied the changes you suggested above, and now
it works, albeit slightly delayed.

Cause and effect - you get the points.  Thanks for your time ahoffmann.
                                         
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