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I am mostly following this page:

I used this command to create the keystore

keytool -genkey -alias tomcat -keyalg RSA -keystore /etc/tomcat6/keystore

and answered the prompts

Then i edited my server.xml file and uncommented/edited this line

<Connector port="8443" protocol="org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol" SSLEnabled="true"
           maxThreads="150" scheme="https" secure="true"
           clientAuth="false" sslProtocol="TLS" 
           keystorePass="tomcat" />

Whole server.xml file:

I'm using the protocl Http11Protocol instead of HTTP/1.1 incase there was an issue with it being autoconfigured to "APR" as suggested by the tomcat tutorial (not sure if I have that or how to find out if I do). However it seems to have no effect on whichever protocol I use.

then I go to the web.xml file for my project and add this into the file


When I try to run my webapp I am met with this:

Unable to connect

Firefox can't establish a connection to the server at localhost:8443.

*   The site could be temporarily unavailable or too busy. Try again in a few

*   If you are unable to load any pages, check your computer's network

If I comment out the lines I've added to my web.xml file, the webapp works fine. My log file in /var/lib/tomcat6/logs says nothing. I can't figure out if this is a problem with my keystore file, my server.xml file or my web.xml file.... Any assistance is appreciated

I am using tomcat 6 on ubuntu.