I have Tomcat set up to launch at start up on my Ubuntu box. Trouble is, I have to manually supply a root password on each boot. Is it possible for this to be automated? Do I just supply an command parm? If so, what is the syntax? Thank you!
I'm unsure about how you have pulled this off, but it does sound like you have tomcat start up when you login rather than when the machine boots. Am i right?
Anyway, you should have it start when it boots. The following procedures should be done as root. When in use, init will do them as root.
The quick and dirty way:
Given that your start script is "/usr/local/tomcat/bin/startup.sh" the just add that line to the file /etc/rc.local and reboot.
The right way:
Make an upstart script. I haven't really done that before, but I saw this: https://gist.github.com/2924017 which might work. Put the file (tomcat.conf) in /etc/init/ and reboot.
As a service, you can start, stop, restart and get status on services by doing:
start tomcat stop tomcat restart tomcat status tomcat
This is of course how all services in Ubuntu behave. (gdm, apache, ssh, etc..)
Hope it helps :)