Startup problems with tomcat5.5

Andreas Schildbach andreas at
Tue May 1 14:43:07 UTC 2007

Hello everyone,

I've got a strange problem with the tomcat5.5 package.

After installing tomcat5.5 and sun-java5-jdk on Feisty, I can run

sudo /etc/init.d/tomcat5.5 start

However, Tomcat actually does not really start and does not open a port,
although it can be seen in the process list.

I need to do

sudo less /var/log/tomcat5.5/catalina.out

The second I do that, Tomcat starts up.

Note that catalina.out it not a "regular file"; it has got the "p" flag.
What does it mean?

Is this strange behaviour expected? Is it a bug?



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