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I want to start my tomcat server automatically on startup. Therefore I retrieved a simple LSB conform script from the net and modified it to my needs. This is the script:

# Provide logging functions like log_success_msg, log_failure_msg and log_warning_msg
. /lib/lsb/init-functions

[ -f /etc/default/rcS ] && . /etc/default/rcS

case "$1" in
        log_failure_msg "Usage: {start|stop|restart|force-reload|status}"
                exit 1

exit 0

Now, I copied it to /etc/init.d and applied a "chmod +x tomcat" on it. Then I tried to run it

/etc/init.d # ./tomcat start
/opt/apache-tomcat-7.0.39/bin/ 1: /opt/apache-tomcat-7.0.39/bin/ uname: not found
/opt/apache-tomcat-7.0.39/bin/ 1: /opt/apache-tomcat-7.0.39/bin/ dirname: not found
Cannot find /
The file is absent or does not have execute permission
This file is needed to run this program

What am I missing here?

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2 Answers 2

THis is the issue


You forgot to append $PATH to that.. it must be


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uname: not found
dirname: not found

show that you're missing a proper PATH.

Try changing the PATH line in your startup script to: PATH=/bin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/usr/sbin:/opt/jdk1.7.0_21:/opt/apache-tomcat-7.0.39

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