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From "Berg, James" <>
Subject RE: tomcat 7 Manager access
Date Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:19:17 GMT
I posted my entire tomcat-users.xml.  I took out all of the comments to try to avoid the error.

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Eggers [] 
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2014 4:17 PM
To: Tomcat Users List
Subject: Re: tomcat 7 Manager access

On 3/24/2014 12:30 PM, Berg, James wrote:
> When I try to navigate to the any of the Manager links from the first 
> page, I get a login popup. I have tried all of the usernames in the 
> tomcat-users.xml and all I get back is a fresh login popup.  It looks 
> like there is a bug in the org.apache.tomcat.util.digester.Digester
> for 7.0.52 which is stopping the Memory User Database Realm from 
> loading.  Before I unjar the tomcat-util.jar file.  Is there something 
> that I am doing wrong? Thanks in advance, Jim
> Tomcat 7.0.52  port 8181.
> Java 7 u51
> Tomcat-users.xml
> <?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-16'?> <tomcat-users> <role 
> rolename="tomcat"/> <role rolename="manager-gui"/> <role 
> rolename="manager-script"/> <role rolename="manager-status"/> <role 
> rolename="manager-jmx"/> <user username="tcmanagerg"
> password="tomcat" roles="tomcat,manager-gui"/> <user 
> username="tcmanagersc" password="tomcat"
> roles="tomcat,manager-script"/> <user username="tcmanagerst"
> password="tomcat" roles="tomcat,manager-status"/> <user 
> username="tcmanagerj" password="tomcat" roles="tomcat,manager-jmx"/> 
> <user username="tomcat" password="tomcat" roles="tomcat"/> 
> </tomcat-users>
> Catalina log messages about errors:
> Multiple instances of this:
> Mar 24, 2014 1:35:21 PM org.apache.tomcat.util.digester.Digester
> fatalError SEVERE: Parse Fatal Error at line 28 column 3: The string 
> "--" is not permitted within comments. org.xml.sax.SAXParseException;
> lineNumber: 28; columnNumber: 3; The string "--" is not permitted 
> within comments.
> Finally get this:
> SEVERE: Failed to start
> "org.apache.catalina.realm.UserDatabaseRealm/1.0" realm
> org.apache.catalina.LifecycleException: Failed to start component 
> [Realm[UserDatabaseRealm]]

Well since your posted file is not 28 lines long, then I'm guessing that this is not your
entire tomcat-users.xml file.

What is on line 28 of the file?

The message seems to be pretty clear. You have a '--' string in your XML comments that the
parser is objecting to.

I have no such issues with Tomcat 7.0.52 / JRE 1.7.0_52 / Fedora 20.

. . . just my two cents.

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