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From Alex Hooper <>
Subject logging failure with tomcat 6.0.29, jvm 1.6.0_30-b12, ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS
Date Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:09:47 GMT

With the software noted above, I get the following when starting tomcat 
and no logs other than catalina.are produced.

Can't load log handler ""
        at Method)
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
        at sun.misc.Launcher$AppClassLoader.loadClass(
        at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
        at java.util.logging.LogManager$
        at Method)
        at java.util.logging.LogManager.addLogger(
        at java.util.logging.LogManager$
        at Method)
        at java.util.logging.LogManager.<clinit>(
        at java.util.logging.Logger.getLogger(

There is a lot on the web about this, but it all centres around adding 
the correct permissions to the system java.policy file (or to catalina's 
own, and invoking with -security).

However, that does not work for me. If I run with, I can see that it is reading 
the same policy file which I'm editing, and the debug output doesn't 
include the word "FAILED" nor anything specific about  tomcat-juli.jar, 
and yet it still doesn't work.

I'm about to start tearing my hair out. Does anyone have any ideas?



Alex Hooper
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