Sorry for my previous outbursts. I was wrong.
Your fix (chmod-ing just Catalina, not localhost) is fine: if you do not
chmod localhost, then there is no issue even if localhost is replaced by
a symlink pointing somewhere.
However... will tomcat still "work"? On my machine, I have one XML file
in there, for the one application(?) that is installed. I guess it was
tomcat that put it there: then tomcat needs write access to localhost.
Maybe /etc/tomcat8/Catalina/localhost is to be "delivered" writable from
the DEB package, the ownership only to be fixed in postinst? In the
current DEB, that directory is not group-writable.
Could you kindly explain how this all works.
Paul Szabo p...@maths.usyd.edu.au http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/psz/
School of Mathematics and Statistics University of Sydney Australia