Can't change log file path for Tomcat's "catalina.out"

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We run Tomcat 6 on RHEL 6 as system service using this command:

sudo /sbin/service tomcat6 restart

We can't change the file path for the Tomcat 6 log, even though the ${CATALINA_BASE}/conf/ file points all logs to /new/path/logs/tomcat.log, only certain details are being written to the new file. All other details are being written to catalina.out (default log /usr/share/tomcat6/logs/catalina.out), which continues to grow uncontrollably.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
    • 6
  • Tomcat

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