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Hi,

I can access my website using the public IP of "http://192.232.254.240:80", no problem.
I've installed and started Tomcat on my server.
I can SSH in to my server and use lynx to view "http://localhost:8080". The Tomcat admin page is displayed.
But I can't access "http://192.232.254.240:8080" from my browser.
Executing "netstat -nap" on my server produces the following...
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address               Foreign Address             State       PID/Program name
tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:80                  0.0.0.0:*                   LISTEN      869/httpd
tcp        0      0 :::80                       :::*                        LISTEN      869/httpd
tcp        0      0 :::8080                     :::*                        LISTEN      32767/java

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Note that I only copied rows related to 80 and 8080.
Is the reason why I can't access "http://192.232.254.240:8080" is because there's no "0 0.0.0.0:8080"?
How do I resolve this?
Thanks.
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Yes, your installation is only listening on IPv6 port 8080 - you need to tell Java to prefer IPv4 so that Tomcat will be accessible on 0.0.0.0 rather than :::

This (among many other pages) describes the fix:
http://serverfault.com/questions/390840/how-does-one-get-tomcat-to-bind-to-ipv4-address
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More specifically, this snippet should get it done:

add: JAVA_OPTS= $JAVA_OPTS -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true -Djava.net.preferIPv4Addresses to the catalina.sh startup
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Thanks! It works now!
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Glad to hear it, enjoy :)
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BTW, give yourself a pat on the back - your posting the output from netstat all but made it obvious what the problem was - had you not had that foresight to do so, you might've been battling a lot of speculation going down multiple other avenues before arriving at this simple fix...
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