Found the problem! An extra copy of the jboss-service.xml file in the jbossweb-tomcat41.sar directory.
However now I have a new problem--something seems to turn on a very verbose mode in the commons-digester that gets loaded. I have searched my configuration tree to see where a debug mode gets set and have been unable to find anything. Any ideas?
I have encountered the same problem (JBoss 3.2.2 worked fine on Win2K, but JBoss 3.2.3 on Mandrake 9.2 gives the above error).
However I could not find any 'extra' jboss-service.xml files in the jbossweb-tomcat41.sar directory - rather it seems like the 'extra' entries are somewhere else, in some file loaded earlier on.
Its a bit depressing that a product which deploys so smoothly on windows comes with such a non-obvious problem on Linux.
While I can't really comment on that error ...
... Jboss is running here smoothly on suse 8 as well as some redhat box. Both times out of the box with a sun jdk1.4.2.