I understand the philosophy behind package managers. It is a major reason I use Ubuntu over say Gentoo. However, just because I choose to use a package installer does not mean I get an application installation that is mangled. I suspect there is something wrong with the tomcat6 deb installation that is preventing me from using a particular war.
1.) How the hell do I enable logging? Why do I have to go through several web pages to figure out how to do something so basic in a system? Why does the tomcat6 manager not have a link to the logs? Who cares about JLUI and Java.Logging differences. All I want is a simple log file that I can open up in a text editor and refresh when new entries get created. Why do I have to go through var/log and syslog to see tomcat debug messages. Tomcat6 logging is ridiculous.
2.) Why does a broken deb result in you not being able to install any other deb on your system? I had to manually delete entries in apt-gets database. This was not fun or pleasant and they could have easily included that functionality in synaptic.
3.) Why is this easier to install on a Windows XP box than a fresh Ubuntu install? Iv’e been a linux user since the early days of Slackware and back then open source software was not easier to install in Linux than windows. This is a new development for me.