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I have installed tomcat6 on debian 7 using apt-get install tomcat6 tomcat6-admin. It also installed java6. The tomcat service starts up just fine and I can also restart it:

root@dd:/home/user# service tomcat6 status
[ ok ] Tomcat servlet engine is running with pid 2113.
root@dd:/home/user# service tomcat6 restart
[ ok ] Stopping Tomcat servlet engine: tomcat6.
[ ok ] Starting Tomcat servlet engine: tomcat6.

I can access the admin webpage, deploy etc.

But now I would like to specify that tomcat6 should use java5 instead. I have downloaded and extracted java5 into:


Based on this guide: http://tomcat.apache.org/tomcat-6.0-doc/RUNNING.txt I have created a file:




After I rebooted the machine I verified that the above java5 was used:

root@dd:/home/user# /usr/share/tomcat6/bin/version.sh 
Using CATALINA_BASE:   /usr/share/tomcat6
Using CATALINA_HOME:   /usr/share/tomcat6
Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /usr/share/tomcat6/temp
Using JRE_HOME:        /opt/jdk1.5.0_22
Using CLASSPATH:       /usr/share/tomcat6/bin/bootstrap.jar
Server version: Apache Tomcat/6.0.35
Server built:   Jul 18 2013 02:02:46
Server number:
OS Name:        Linux
OS Version:     3.2.0-4-amd64
Architecture:   amd64
JVM Version:    1.5.0_22-b03
JVM Vendor:     Sun Microsystems Inc.

But when I try to restart tomcat I get this error:

root@dd:/home/user# service tomcat6 restart
[FAIL] Starting Tomcat servlet engine: tomcat6 failed!

The log says:

Sep 12, 2013 1:04:47 AM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardServer await
SEVERE: StandardServer.await: create[8005]: 
java.net.BindException: Address already in use
    at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.socketBind(Native Method)
    at java.net.PlainSocketImpl.bind(PlainSocketImpl.java:359)
    at java.net.ServerSocket.bind(ServerSocket.java:319)

Is this something that can simply be ignored for jdk5 or have I done something wrong? If I run top I don't see any other tomcat6 service running and the strange thing it only happens when I change JAVA_HOME to point to jdk5.

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java.net.BindException are common if someone else is using the port the tomcat wants. Have you made sure that that all other instances of tomcat are shut down? –  Nifle Sep 15 '13 at 9:48
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