Getting tomcat to work on Mac; permission problems

I downloaded and unzipped tomcat 6.0 on my Macbook to the directory /Applications/tomcat/, and tried to run bin/startup.sh. It said it couldn't find "catalina.sh", which is in the same directory. So I did a chmod on catalina.sh:

> sudo chmod 666 /Applications/tomcat/bin/catalina.sh

Then it had a new complaint:

> sh /Applications/tomcat/bin/startup.sh
   The BASEDIR environment variable is not defined correctly
   This environment variable is needed to run this program

Turned out I needed to give appropriate rights to the tomcat dir. I did it a bit rude, by just giving full access:

> sudo chmod 777 /Applications/tomcat/*

Now it worked like it should. Yippie!
I guess it had to do with the fact that the zip file was downloaded. Mac always asks if I really want to open a downloaded file, so it must have some security restrictions. Anyways, it works, and hope it helps you too :-)

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  1. Dan Skaggs

    #1 by Dan Skaggs - september 23, 2010 at 21:37

    I always create an /opt folder off my main volume root and unzip Tomcat to /opt/tomcat. I can't remember ever having any problems starting it up from there.
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