Confluence is very difficult to set up

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.

I had endless errors with Confluence. Each time I started over, I set up a new EC2 instance. I eventually learned that it was possible to restart the setup process by deleting the file confluence.cfg.xml so I did this:

/etc/init.d/confluence stop

rm /var/atlassian/application-data/confluence/confluence.cfg.xml

/etc/init.d/confluence start

but now I’m trying to finish the setup, and all I get is a blank page:

Does anyone know how to fix this?