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From Alan Chaney <>
Subject Re: Tomcat Beginner - Step 2!
Date Sat, 17 Jan 2009 18:50:04 GMT

Eclipse wst has a number of dfferent ways of working. It looks like you 
have selected the (default) way in which eclipse
creates its own internal copy of the webapps directory - in your case in 
the folder E:\\ ......\tmp1\service_demo.

What the error is saying is that as tomcat starts it can't find the doc 

This is most likely for the following two reasons:

1. the directory really isn't writeable
2. more likely, you've managed to get eclipse out of sync with your project.

I suggest that you try the following:

Find the 'Server' tab (normally in one of the bottom panes)
Find the tomcat server - right click on in and select 'Clean' and then 

This will rebuild the internal copy.

Try starting it again.

If this still doesn't work, then please provide the following:

The FULL startup display from the 'console' pane
Your web.xml



Toriacht wrote:
> Thanks guys...
> I'm not sure if the following is an Eclipse or Tomcat issue. I have a simple
> webservices demo written from tuorial. It appeared that teh server was
> started up thru server staus window of eclips..console o/p etc but it never
> appeared in task manager or the tomcat was not accessable thru a browser. On
> closer inspection I found the following error..this happens when i try to
> start the server thru eclipse..
> SEVERE: Error starting static Resources 
> java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Document base C:\Documents and
> Settings\Brian\workspace\ganymede\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.wst.server.core\tmp1\wtpwebapps\service_demo
> does not exist or is not a readable directory 
>         at
> org.apache.naming.resources.FileDirContext.setDocBase( 
> Any ideas? 
> T
> p.s. I have another thread on web services that ended up asking the same qn
> as above. although it started out as a more generic question. I hope this
> not against policy. I'll delete other thread if required.
> Caldarale, Charles R wrote:
>>> From: g f []
>>> Subject: Re: Tomcat Beginner - Step 2!
>>> Change your port forwarding(virtual server) to forward port 80 (on the
>>> outside) to port 8080 on the inside.
>> If your router/modem doesn't support port forwarding, change the
>> <Connector> port in conf/server.xml to use 80 rather than 8080.  You must
>> restart Tomcat whenever you make changes to the server.xml file.
>>  - Chuck
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