I have been trying to get my local Tomcat installation to allow me to deploy 
apps from the local machine and nothing I do seems to help.

At the moment, I have a file [CATALINA_HOME]/conf/tomcat-users.xml with the 
following content:

   <role rolename="manager"/>
   <role rolename="manager-script"/>
   <role rolename="manager-gui"/>
   <user username="admin" password="admin" 

When I go to http://localhost:8080/ and click on the various apps buttons I get 
the following outcomes:

  *   Server Status: Opens the ‘Server Status’ page
  *   Manager App: Opens the ‘Tomcat Web Application Manager’ page. But if I 
try to deploy a war file, I get “This site can’t be reached”.
  *   Host Manager: I get ‘403 Access Denied’ with a long series of 
explanations about roles, context.xml and tomcat-users.xml.

Reading the instructions, it sounds like I got the tomcat-users.xml part right 
(see the content above). Correct?

So now I go about creating the context file for the Manager app. I create a 

   [CATALINA_HOME]/ conf/Catalina/localhost/manager.xml

With the following content:

<Context privileged="true" antiResourceLocking="false"
  <Valve className="org.apache.catalina.valves.RemoteAddrValve"
         allow="132\.246\.129\.58" />

Where is my IP address. Note that I tried also with “” 
and with “^.*$” to no avail.

Anyways… at this point, I restart tomcat with this command:

pushd /usr/local/apache-tomcat-8.5.4/bin/; sudo sh shutdown.sh; sleep 2; sudo 
sh startup.sh; popd

I go back to locahost:8080, and now I get the ‘403 Access Forbidden’ page for 
ALL buttons, not just ‘Host Manager’.

I have NO IDEA what I am doing wrong and am running out of options. Any help 
will be greatly appreciated.


Alain Désilets
National Research Council of Canada

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