Not able to deploy ROOT.war in tomcat 7

  • Posted February 16, 2014

I have purchased DigitalOcean server and I am trying to run a java application. I am using ubuntu OS and tomcat 7 server where my webapps folder is located in :


Now, I have scp my ROOT.war in the folder and restarted tomcat server and apache. But my application is not running. In the file catalina.2014-02-09.log, it shows:

 Unable to create the directory [/usr/share/tomcat7/webapps/ROOT/META-INF]
    at org.apache.catalina.startup.ExpandWar.expand(
    at org.apache.catalina.startup.ContextConfig.fixDocBase(
    at org.apache.catalina.startup.ContextConfig.init(
    at org.apache.catalina.startup.ContextConfig.lifecycleEvent(
    at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleSupport.fireLifecycleEvent(
    at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.fireLifecycleEvent(
    at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.setStateInternal(
    at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.init(
    at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(
    at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.addChildInternal(

One more error I see in the same log is :

    at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(
    at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader.loadClass(
    at org.hibernate.dialect.MySQLDialect$1.convert( at          org.hibernate.exception.internal.StandardSQLExceptionConverter.conver

I am not able to understand what can be the cause of this issue? As per , I have configured server.xml for unpack war as

      <Host name="localhost"  appBase="/usr/share/tomcat7/webapps"
        unpackWARs="true" autoDeploy="true">

But still no results. Please help me out here. Any suggestions can be helpful.


I am also facing similar issue, in my case no exception but it hangs at INFO: Deploying web application directory /root/apache-tomcat-7.0.50/webapps/host-manager

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I have the same problem, with a clean tomcat installation server is not starting. any clues?

I had something similar, my application was trying to create a file so had the IOException. It turned out to be that the tomcat is installed with Root user but the user for running tomcat is Tomcat. I changed the permissions on the tomcat directory in question to have write permission as well as execute and read and then it worked ok. Hope that helps

Did you try to deploy your War file over tomcat interface? <br>http://localhost:8080