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I have installed Tomcat 7 on an Amazon EC2 running Amazon Linux. I have installed a WAR file on tomcat and I am using java.util.logging for logging messages in my code. Now how to access those log messages in Amazon EC2?

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The standard location for Tomcat log files is:

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There is folder tomcat7 at the location you suggested but I cannot cd into it. How do I access log file? – Gaurav Agarwal Jul 3 '12 at 19:46
Try to su as root user first: su -, or use sudo before your commands, e.g.: sudo ls -al /var/log/tomcat7 to see the directory content. – David Levesque Jul 3 '12 at 19:55
Thanks, it worked. If I may ask which file will have Log.log() from my Servlets. – Gaurav Agarwal Jul 3 '12 at 20:16
I would look in catalina.out first or one of the files starting with localhost. If you still don't find it, you can sort the files by date using ls -ltr to see the ones recently modified. – David Levesque Jul 3 '12 at 20:20
I have asked a related question here… – Gaurav Agarwal Jul 3 '12 at 20:34

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