Over the weekend, I was playing around with JBoss Application Server on CentOS 7. I installed 7.1.1 and when I tried to start it was hung at starting.

[[email protected] bin]# ./standalone.sh
  JBoss Bootstrap Environment
  JBOSS_HOME: /home/chandan/Downloads/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final
  JAVA: java
  JAVA_OPTS:  -server -XX:+UseCompressedOops -XX:+TieredCompilation -Xms64m -Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true -Dorg.jboss.resolver.warning=true -Dsun.rmi.dgc.client.gcInterval=3600000 -Dsun.rmi.dgc.server.gcInterval=3600000 -Djboss.modules.system.pkgs=org.jboss.byteman -Djava.awt.headless=true -Djboss.server.default.config=standalone.xml
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=256m; support was removed in 8.0
13:39:15,689 INFO  [org.jboss.modules] JBoss Modules version 1.1.1.GA
13:39:16,236 INFO  [org.jboss.msc] JBoss MSC version 1.0.2.GA
13:39:16,346 INFO  [org.jboss.as] JBAS015899: JBoss AS 7.1.1.Final "Brontes" starting

I waited for few minutes but no luck.

Are you in the same situation? Don’t panic!

It seems there is known issue with JBoss 7 with Java 8 and solution is to use Java 7. The first thing you want to verify if you are using Java 8.

[[email protected] bin]# java -version
openjdk version "1.8.0_111"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_111-b15)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.111-b15, mixed mode)
[[email protected] bin]#

As you can see above, I am having Java 8 and need to use Java 7.

If you are on CentOS, then you can use the lower version of Java with the following command.

update-alternatives --config java

It will give you the option to select the java version

[[email protected] bin]# update-alternatives --config java
There are 2 programs which provide 'java'.
  Selection    Command
   1           java-1.7.0-openjdk.x86_64 (/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.7.0-openjdk-
*+ 2           java-1.8.0-openjdk.x86_64 (/usr/lib/jvm/java-1.8.0-openjdk-

Enter to keep the current selection[+], or type selection number:

Enter 1 and you are all set.

If you are using RHEL or don’t have Java 7 then first you got to install and set in the PATH.

Once I set Java 7, JBoss 7 could start successfully.

[[email protected] bin]# ./standalone.sh
  JBoss Bootstrap Environment
  JBOSS_HOME: /home/chandan/Downloads/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final
  JAVA: java
  JAVA_OPTS:  -server -XX:+UseCompressedOops -XX:+TieredCompilation -Xms64m -Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true -Dorg.jboss.resolver.warning=true -Dsun.rmi.dgc.client.gcInterval=3600000 -Dsun.rmi.dgc.server.gcInterval=3600000 -Djboss.modules.system.pkgs=org.jboss.byteman -Djava.awt.headless=true -Djboss.server.default.config=standalone.xml
13:46:04,337 INFO  [org.jboss.modules] JBoss Modules version 1.1.1.GA
13:46:04,622 INFO  [org.jboss.msc] JBoss MSC version 1.0.2.GA
13:46:04,661 INFO  [org.jboss.as] JBAS015899: JBoss AS 7.1.1.Final "Brontes" starting
13:46:05,552 INFO  [org.xnio] XNIO Version 3.0.3.GA
13:46:05,568 INFO  [org.jboss.as.server] JBAS015888: Creating http management service using socket-binding (management-http)
13:46:05,584 INFO  [org.xnio.nio] XNIO NIO Implementation Version 3.0.3.GA
13:46:05,621 INFO  [org.jboss.as.logging] JBAS011502: Removing bootstrap log handlers
13:46:05,643 INFO  [org.jboss.remoting] (MSC service thread 1-3) JBoss Remoting version 3.2.3.GA
13:46:05,651 INFO  [org.jboss.as.clustering.infinispan] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 31) JBAS010280: Activating Infinispan subsystem.
13:46:05,722 INFO  [org.jboss.as.configadmin] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 26) JBAS016200: Activating ConfigAdmin Subsystem
13:46:05,734 INFO  [org.jboss.as.naming] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 38) JBAS011800: Activating Naming Subsystem
13:46:05,778 INFO  [org.jboss.as.osgi] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 39) JBAS011940: Activating OSGi Subsystem
13:46:05,871 INFO  [org.jboss.as.security] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 44) JBAS013101: Activating Security Subsystem
13:46:05,884 INFO  [org.jboss.as.naming] (MSC service thread 1-1) JBAS011802: Starting Naming Service
13:46:05,901 INFO  [org.jboss.as.webservices] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 48) JBAS015537: Activating WebServices Extension
13:46:05,983 INFO  [org.jboss.as.mail.extension] (MSC service thread 1-1) JBAS015400: Bound mail session [java:jboss/mail/Default]
13:46:06,001 INFO  [org.jboss.as.connector] (MSC service thread 1-2) JBAS010408: Starting JCA Subsystem (JBoss IronJacamar 1.0.9.Final)
13:46:06,002 INFO  [org.jboss.as.security] (MSC service thread 1-2) JBAS013100: Current PicketBox version=4.0.7.Final
13:46:06,104 INFO  [org.jboss.as.connector.subsystems.datasources] (ServerService Thread Pool -- 27) JBAS010403: Deploying JDBC-compliant driver class org.h2.Driver (version 1.3)
13:46:06,440 INFO  [org.jboss.ws.common.management.AbstractServerConfig] (MSC service thread 1-3) JBoss Web Services - Stack CXF Server 4.0.2.GA
13:46:06,522 INFO  [org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol] (MSC service thread 1-4) Starting Coyote HTTP/1.1 on http--
13:46:06,746 INFO  [org.jboss.as.server.deployment.scanner] (MSC service thread 1-4) JBAS015012: Started FileSystemDeploymentService for directory /home/chandan/Downloads/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/standalone/deployments
13:46:06,747 INFO  [org.jboss.as.remoting] (MSC service thread 1-1) JBAS017100: Listening on /
13:46:06,796 INFO  [org.jboss.as.remoting] (MSC service thread 1-3) JBAS017100: Listening on /
13:46:06,883 INFO  [org.jboss.as.connector.subsystems.datasources] (MSC service thread 1-3) JBAS010400: Bound data source [java:jboss/datasources/ExampleDS]
13:46:07,003 INFO  [org.jboss.as] (Controller Boot Thread) JBAS015951: Admin console listening on
13:46:07,004 INFO  [org.jboss.as] (Controller Boot Thread) JBAS015874: JBoss AS 7.1.1.Final "Brontes" started in 3468ms - Started 133 of 208 services (74 services are passive or on-demand)

I hope this helps you to start JBoss 7.

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