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I am getting my new laptop going and went to install the latest oracle JDK 7u25. I followed the instructions on this site to do it.

Afterwards when I type java --version in the terminal I get the error:

Error: Could not create the Java Virtual Machine

I tried reinstalling it via a different method but the error wont go away. I am running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit.

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I would advise you to use the webupd8 method instead since that way you just need to add a PPA and then you can just install jdk through apt and get updates.

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im sorry but this didnt fix the problem –  John Jul 26 '13 at 13:36
Did you first remove your first installation ? –  Benoît Legat Jul 26 '13 at 20:14
yes, at this point I reinstalled Ubuntu, i was working on a fresh install anyway. –  John Jul 26 '13 at 20:26
Well then if the PPA doesn't work I would advise you do contact webupd8 directly telling him the problem so that he can fix it for you and for him –  Benoît Legat Jul 28 '13 at 12:00
Oh, you mean you did a fresh install and now it is working ? –  Benoît Legat Jul 28 '13 at 12:07


java -version

instead of:

java --version

However, it's still not excusable that such cryptic error message is produced for the extra dash sign. Especially because java is not an amateur software but a kind of the very best software.

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Wao... helped...... –  Umair Ayub May 12 '14 at 10:44

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