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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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.

  • @Umair Thus, the upvote... May 31, 2016 at 8:55
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    Wonder how many pro devs have been brought to their knees by this one. Thanks!! Aug 16, 2016 at 19:53
  • @Dmitriy Sintsov: Just goes a long way towards telling that it is far from the very best software. Just because it is popular, doesn't mean it's good - otherwise JavaScript would be the most awesome language in the world - it isn't ...
    – WitchCraft
    Jan 18, 2017 at 14:28
  • I literally just got the same "cryptic" error when just using java -v Apr 18, 2018 at 19:01

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