In Tomcat 5.5.9, console doesn't stay open. It closes after server has started.
That depends entirely on how it is started and whether it is being run as a service. If executing from startup.bat uses javaw.exe the window never opens. Browse around in the catalina.bat and setclasspath.bat files to see where all sorts of decisions are made. When developing a servlet, you should not be running Tomcat as a service, it just complicates things. Bill