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From Randall R Schulz <>
Subject Re: Tomcat Installation on linux
Date Mon, 26 Aug 2002 14:18:58 GMT

Where did you get that command from?

Here's what you did: You truncated your "" script. The ":" is 
the no-op command that is used when one wants to use side-effects (such as 
I/O redirection) without running a command. The ">" is similar to that of 
the DOS/CMD.exe/ in Windows, it redirects output to the file 
whose name follows. So you ran the null command (which produces no output) 
and redirected it to the "" script, thus truncating it. Had you 
used the append output redirection, ">>", all would be OK, since adding 0 
bytes to the end of "" would not do any damage (it would only 
alter the last modification time of that file, which you could see with "ls 

So you'll have to retrieve the "" script from your Tomcat 

Then to use it, just invoke it. Since it usually does not run indefinitely 
and does not produce a lot of output or usually any particularly 
interesting output, there's no need to redirect its output.

I recommend that people recently switching from Windows to Linux or another 
Unix-like system get some tutorial materials on these basics. There are 
some vague similarities with Windows, but a lot is different and groping 
around in the dark is not really advisable.

Good luck.

Randall Schulz
Mountain View, CA USA

At 04:21 2002-08-26, khozaima shakir wrote:
>Hi Jhair,
>yes, I am running tomcat from shell.
>About shoutdown, I shutdown tomcat by : >

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