I am having problems using Tomcat on Ubuntu. I installed Tomcat 5.5 with Synaptic, and there are all these permission problems now. I am not sure but there is a Tomcat55 user, but it does not have a home directory. I am logged in as my user, and I want to deploy my webapp.
Actually what it ends up being is that by default the security manager is on and there are properties for certain files defined in a properties file that restrict the normal webapps directory to nothing more than just read, which causes the failure while deploying the apps.
I turned off the security manager and now it works perfectly.