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I can't start tomcat6 on my VPS (which has 256 MB, 512 MB burst and uses currently only 20MB of it). the log entry shows:

Error occurred during initialization of VM
Could not reserve enough space for object heap
Could not create the Java virtual machine.

i read that i can set the min and max heapsizes for the java with the -Xms and -Xmx what do i need to do that tomcat will pass these parameters to java when trying to start the service?

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ps -ef | grep tomcat should tell you if it's up, otherwise have a look in the /usr/share/tomcat6/logs files for anything obvious. –  Decado Mar 15 '11 at 14:43
    
thank you. [root@mabulous bin]# ps -ef | grep tomcat root 13739 32480 0 17:44 pts/1 00:00:00 grep tomcat does that mean it's running? –  Mat Mar 15 '11 at 14:44
    
you was right - there was an error, the java VM doesn't want to start - see my edited problem description –  Mat Mar 15 '11 at 14:50
    
Mat, I think your question is now well-defined enough to be used in a Google search. Good luck! –  Tom Purl Mar 15 '11 at 14:56

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edit /etc/default/tomcat6 and add in -Xms and -Xmx values to java opts there.

eg:- JAVA_OPTS=" -Xmx256m"

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perfect - thanks. the actual path was /etc/tomcat6/tomcat6.conf –  Mat Mar 15 '11 at 15:11

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