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How to Configure Tomcat 6 in Ubuntu for Eclipse

If you are an Ubuntu user and a Java developer there’s a great chance that you’d want at some point to develop web applications using Eclipse and Tomcat. The easiest way to install Tomcat is by using the package manager:

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sudo apt-get install tomcat6 tomcat6-*

Now configuring Eclipse to use the instance of Tomcat you previously installed should be straightforward. Unfortunately, because of the way Tomcat is packaged, after you install the container there are a few steps that should be followed in order to be able to add Tomcat 6 to your Eclipse’s servers list:

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sudo ln -s /var/lib/tomcat6/conf /usr/share/tomcat6/conf
sudo ln -s /etc/tomcat6/policy.d/03catalina.policy /usr/share/tomcat6/conf/catalina.policy
sudo ln -s /var/log/tomcat6 /usr/share/tomcat6/log
sudo chmod -R 777 /usr/share/tomcat6/conf

After all this is done you can start working on your projects as usual. Happy coding!

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