# Confluence does not start due to 'Error deploying configuration descriptor'

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Problem

Confluence does not start. The following appears in catalina.out:

"SEVERE: Error deploying configuration descriptor" in


This is more likely to happen in an EAR/WAR deployment.

Cause

The context descriptor is malformed, when Installing the Confluence EAR-WAR Edition. Usually it's because the context is using the incorrect case (i.e. context instead of Context). The tag is case-sensitive. It should have something like the following:

<Context path="" docBase="../confluence" debug="0" reloadable="false">
<!-- Logger is deprecated in Tomcat 5.5. Logging configuration for Confluence is specified in confluence/WEB-INF/classes/log4j.properties -->
<Manager pathname="" />
</Context>


## Resolution

Correct the mistake in the Context line.

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