I have installed Tomcat 7 in Ubuntu and when I try to deploy geoserver.war I receive the error "The connection was reset" in Firefox and "402 Access Denied" in Chromium.

How do I deploy geoserver.war?

  • Do you deploy using tomcat manager interface? You could try to upload the file to your tomcat/webapps directory and see if that works. Maybe its about your user not being in the correct manager roles. – ulrich May 6 '16 at 9:19
  • see if there is any message in the tomcat log file or the geoserver log file – Ian Turton May 6 '16 at 10:00
  • I have in the users file: <role rolename="tomcat"/> <role rolename="manager"/> <role rolename="manager-gui"/> <role rolename="manager-script"/> <role rolename="manager-jmx"/> <role rolename="manager-status"/> <user username="tomcat" password="tomcat" roles="tomcat,manager,manager-gui,manager-script"/> I don't know where is the tomcat/webapps directory to copy the war file – alfarer May 6 '16 at 10:37
  • Where can I see the tomcat log file? – alfarer May 6 '16 at 10:41
  • It's solved. To deploy it was enough to copy the war file in /var/lib/tomcat7/webapps – alfarer May 6 '16 at 12:25

The real cause of the issue is the max-file-size limit in WEB-INF/web.xml. It is set for 50MB while the geoserver.war (version 2.9.0) is over 65MB.

Open the file below for tomcat7: sudo nano /usr/share/tomcat7-admin/manager/WEB-INF/web.xml

Locate multipart-config tag and turn 50MB to 500MB.


To deploy you can copy the war file in /var/lib/tomcat7/webapps

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