I am having trouble setting up Tomcat 8 on my Pi 3, running Raspbian. I've installed Java 8 and Tomcat 8 but it refuses to start up.

I started by ensuring Java 8 was installed.

pi@raspberrypi:~$ java -version
java version "1.8.0_65"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_65-b17)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 25.65-b01, mixed mode)

Then I installed Tomcat via:

apt-get install tomcat8

This has installed it in /etc/tomcat8:

pi@raspberrypi:/etc/tomcat8$ ls
Catalina  catalina.properties  context.xml  logging.properties  policy.d  server.xml  tomcat-users.xml  web.xml

I set JAVA_HOME in bashrc and verified with an echo:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ echo $JAVA_HOME

Then I also made sure it was set in /etc/default/tomcat8:


However, when I try to start my Tomcat server, I get the following error:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo systemctl start tomcat8
Job for tomcat8.service failed. See 'systemctl status tomcat8.service' and 'journalctl -xn' for details.

The contents of tomcat8.service is as follows:

pi@raspberrypi:~ $ systemctl status tomcat8.service
● tomcat8.service - LSB: Start Tomcat.
Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/tomcat8)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Sun 2017-08-20 16:03:21 UTC; 1min 28s ago
Process: 1267 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/tomcat8 start (code=exited, status=2)

Could anyone tell me what I'm missing please?


I ran through your setup steps using my RPi 3 Model B, running PIXEL via Raspbian.

Once you've installed tomcat8, systemctl needs to be made aware of the change:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Then, running:

sudo systemctl start tomcat8

should work, I'd hope.

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    Answering old questions is absolutely fine and much better than leaving comments on them. Welcome aboard!
    – terdon
    Mar 23 '18 at 9:55

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