Permission Denied errors when starting Tomcat

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10


You are seeing errors similar to the following when starting Tomcat:

permission denied ... writing to /var/opt/n0vell/tomcat4/logs/catalina.out

The /var/opt/n0vell/ dir and some subdirs had incorrect permissions.


To resolve, execute the following commands as root user:

chmod 755 /var/opt/n0vell/
chmod 755 /var/opt/n0vell/*
chmod 775 /var/opt/n0vell/tomcat4/

Additional Information

Unconfirmed: After making the above changes it may then be necessary to exit the current shell session (presumably to reset environment variables) and log back in before next attempting to start Tomcat.


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  • Document ID:3792752
  • Creation Date: 10-Jan-2007
  • Modified Date:15-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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