I'm having trouble starting GeoServer after updating all of the opengeo-suite applications via apt-get update, apt-get upgrade and apt-get dist-upgrade.

GWC works, the dashboard is there as is geoexplorer. I can see geoserver in Tomcat's application manager, but I get a 404 tomcat error when I go to /geoserver.

Log file is here: http://pastebin.com/TdnYRxAZ

catalina.properties here: http://pastebin.com/acJCpAsa

  • note: in my case, this only happens after an update. If one uninstalls the opengeo-suite and then reinstalls the new version, there is no such behaviour. (OS: Ubuntu 12.04) Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 12:34

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Well, I resolved it by renaming the folder /usr/share/opengeo-suite/geoserver to /usr/share/opengeo-suite/geoserver_OLD.

I'm not very experienced with tomcat, but I think that it was looking in that folder before the geoserver.war in order to start things up.

I don't know how it got like that, but now geoserver works again! (yay)

  • works fine to get the geoserver web access back but disables extensions like the ImageMosaic JDBC which rely on the original file path (JARs in /usr/share/opengeo-suite/geoserver/WEB-INF/lib/) Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 9:00
  • Ok this is actually not a problem. I figured out that in OpenGeo 3.1 they changed the plugin folder from /usr/share/opengeo-suite/geoserver/WEB-INF/lib/ to /var/lib/tomcat6/webapps/geoserver/WEB-INF/lib. Just move your non-default JAR files there and everything works like before. Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 12:39

The log is saying that the folder


does not exists. Maybe when you update the distro something was moved o removed.

Check your tomcat installation.

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