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I just installed tomcat 6 in Debian 6 with the apt-get:

apt-get install tomcat6 tomcat6-common tomcat6-docs tomcat6-admin tomcat6-user

After that, http://localhost:8080 is accessible without any problems, also the jsp and servlet examples run as expected.

To be able to access the /manager/html area, I edited the file $CATALINA_HOME/skel/conf/tomcat-users.xml, now it looks like this:

<?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8'?>
   <role rolename="manager" />
   <role rolename="admin" />
   <role rolename="tomcat" />
   <user username="tomcat" password="secret" roles="tomcat,admin,manager" />

After that, I restarted tomcat with:


When I try to access http://localhost:8080/manager/html and enter "tomcat" : "secret" into the htaccess-box, I get "Access denied". Why this? Is there anything else I have to do?

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The role you need to access WEB admin interface is called manager-gui. It is sufficient to add these two lines to /etc/tomcat6/tomcat-users.xml (within tomcat-users tag):

<role rolename="manager-gui"/>
<user username="tomcat" password="secret" roles="manager-gui"/>

and restart the server.

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Thank you for pointing me to the correct file! Now it is working – strauberry Jun 2 '11 at 17:59
@strauberry: although not question related, i'd also suggest installing tomcat native library (it will speed-up it noticeably) if you haven't done it already (just apt-get install libtcnative-1, tomcat will grab it automatically upon restart). – barti_ddu Jun 2 '11 at 18:18
Thank you very much! I'll do that – strauberry Jun 2 '11 at 18:55

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