The satellite services of Red Hat Satellite 5 fail to start with java error messages

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  • Red Hat Satellite Server 5.x
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Multiple java packages installed on system


  • After running yum on Red Hat Satellite 5 various satellite services fail to start with "unrecognized option" errors

  • How to restore the JVM of a satellite 5 instance to IBM

  • The satellite services of Red Hat Satellite 5 fail to start with java error messages

  • The satellite services of Red Hat Satellite 5 fail to start because they try to start the wrong java virtual machine (jvm)

  • Taskomatic jobs not completing ( kickstart trees unavailable or other items not run)

STATUS | wrapper  | 2012/10/10 17:56:15 | Launching a JVM...
INFO   | jvm 5    | 2012/10/10 17:56:15 | Unrecognized option: -Xdump:heap:file=/var/crash/
INFO   | jvm 5    | 2012/10/10 17:56:15 | Could not create the Java virtual machine.
ERROR  | wrapper  | 2012/10/10 17:56:15 | JVM exited while loading the application.
FATAL  | wrapper  | 2012/10/10 17:56:15 | There were 5 failed launches in a row, each lasting less than 300 seconds.  Giving up.
FATAL  | wrapper  | 2012/10/10 17:56:15 |   There may be a configuration problem: please check the logs.
STATUS | wrapper  | 2012/10/10 17:56:16 | <-- Wrapper Stopped
  • Taskomatic service is nor running :
# service taskomatic status
RHN Taskomatic is not running.
  • Tomcat throws the error message on catalina.out:
Aug 26, 2013 6:45:52 a.m. org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappClassLoader clearReferencesRmiTargets
INFO: Failed to find class sun.rmi.transport.Target to clear context class loader. This is expected on non-Sun JVMs.
java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: sun.rmi.transport.Target not found in org.apache.catalina.loader.StandardClassLoader{urls=[file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/tomcat-i18n-ja-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/catalina-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/annotations-api-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/tomcat-i18n-es-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/catalina-ha-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/ecj-3.4.2.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/catalina-ant-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/jasper-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/tomcat6/bin/tomcat-juli-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/jasper-el-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6-servlet-2.5-api-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/tomcat-i18n-fr-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/log4j-1.2.14.jar,file:/usr/share/java/jakarta-commons-pool-1.3.jar,file:/usr/share/java/mx4j/mx4j-jmx-3.0.1.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6-el-2.1-api-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/jakarta-commons-collections-3.2.1.jar,file:/usr/share/java/jakarta-commons-dbcp-1.2.1.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/tomcat-coyote-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6-jsp-2.1-api-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/tomcat6/catalina-tribes-6.0.24.jar,file:/usr/share/java/mx4j/mx4j-remote-3.0.1.jar], parent=gnu.gcj.runtime.SystemClassLoader{urls=[file:./,file:/usr/share/tomcat6/bin/bootstrap.jar,file:/usr/share/tomcat6/bin/tomcat-juli.jar,file:/usr/share/java/commons-daemon.jar], parent=gnu.gcj.runtime.ExtensionClassLoader{urls=[], parent=null}}}


Installing other Red Hat supplied Java's on Red Hat Satellite is unsupported. Satellite server should use IBM JVM provided by the satellite channel only.

  • Re-configure the system to use the IBM JVM provided by the satellite channel:
# alternatives --config java

There are 3 programs which provide 'java'.

  Selection    Command
   1           /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.6.0-openjdk.x86_64/bin/java
*+ 2           /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.6.0-ibm.x86_64/bin/java
   3           /usr/lib/jvm/jre-1.5.0-gcj/bin/java

Enter to keep the current selection[+], or type selection number: 2
  • Restart the Satellite services:
# rhn-satellite restart
  • Make sure the JVM used on your satellite is the 1.6.0 IBM one provided by the satellite channel remove the java-1.7.0-openjdk package if found to be installed on the satellite server and restart the Satellite services by running below mentioned command:
# yum remove java-1.7.0-openjdk
# rhn-satellite restart

Root Cause

  • The configuration file is intended to be used with the IBM 1.6.0 jvm, not with openjdk. As such some options may not be compatible with openjdk.

  • This may result from an incorrect installation via the RHEL 6 GUI, in which "Basic Server" is mistaken for "@Base" as specified in the Satellite Installation Documentation. The "Basic Server" selection, will install additional groups include the "@java-platform", which installs an incorrect version of java, then set to the default before the java-ibm package is installed during the Satellite script installation.

To avoid this:
1. Incorrect selection
2. Note all the additional groups installed, including java-platform
3. The better way to ensure success, and avoid multiple Java packages installed is to select 'Minimal'
4. Then, choose just the 'Base' group:

Diagnostic Steps

  • Check the /var/log/rhn/rhn_taskomatic_daemon.log
STATUS | wrapper  | 2013/07/25 19:00:12 | Launching a JVM...
INFO   | jvm 4    | 2013/07/25 19:00:12 | Unrecognized option: -Xdump:heap:file=/var/crash/
INFO   | jvm 4    | 2013/07/25 19:00:12 | Error: Could not create the Java Virtual Machine.
INFO   | jvm 4    | 2013/07/25 19:00:12 | Error: A fatal exception has occurred. Program will exit.
ERROR  | wrapper  | 2013/07/25 19:00:12 | JVM exited while loading the application.
  • List the installed java machines :
  # yum list installed java-*
  • Check alternatives :
# alternatives --display java
  • Check rpm -qa *java* output:
java-1.6.0-ibm-devel- Tue 23 Apr 2013 
01:48:51 PM CDT
java-1.6.0-ibm- Tue 23 Apr 2013 01:48:47 PM 
java-1.6.0-openjdk- Fri 15 Mar 2013 
05:06:35 PM CDT
  • Check /var/log/tomcat*/catalina.out

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This does not resolve my issue. I am set to use IBM jvm but still rhn_search and taskomatic fail with same error above after 5.4 to 5.5 upgrade.

Running 5.5 and settings alternatives to 1.6.0-ibm has resolved the errors I was seeing in the logs. However the root cause of being unable to retrieve updates from end clients still exists.

Solution was to make sure ibm java was set. I did a alternatives --config java and my ibm was selected. I changed it and exited then ran again and reset it back to ibm java. After this satellite would start perfectly. I then ran a cobbler-update, satellite-sync, and tested installs and config files and other items in Satellite. Everything was now working

I have done "alternatives --config java", set to ibm, restart taskomatic. It still didn't work. I then ran satellite-sync which fixed the issue. why satellite-sync did fix the issue because generates new repository metadata, and that was the main issue.