Can anyone help? Installed like here:

How to install SQL Developer on Ubuntu 14.04?

If I run:

sudo sqldeveloper

it starts and runs properly but if I run:


It wont start with any other error shown.

Are there missing rights for Sqldeveloper or Java. Where and how do I set them.

Any help appreciated, I am a Ubuntu noob.

Where do I find error logs?

Thank you...

  • Do you have a (hidden) "$HOME/.sqldeveloper" directory? if so, what are its ownership and permissions? – steeldriver Dec 29 '14 at 19:27
  • yes it is hidden: drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Dez 29 15:00 .sqldeveloper – user1786641 Dec 29 '14 at 20:26
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    thank you sudo changemod 777 .sqldeveloper worked although do not really understand what this directory is for and why it is not set properly – user1786641 Dec 29 '14 at 20:34
  • You should have changed the ownership not the permission bits - please see my answer below – steeldriver Dec 29 '14 at 20:45

Likely what happened is you ran sqldeveloper one time using sudo, which caused the configuration directory $HOME/.sqldeveloper to get owned by root. If so, you should be able to fix it by re-taking ownership of the directory, i.e.

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/.sqldeveloper

or by simply deleting the directory

rm -rf ~/.sqldeveloper
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  • This should be chown, not chmod – kskyriacou Dec 19 '17 at 9:02

If we need to run sqldeveloper without sudo we need to run command in terminal

sudo chown -R $USER:$USER ~/.sqldeveloper
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