HOWTO: Check the version of Java running on your preservation node

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The LOCKSS Development Team released a new version of the LOCKSS daemon on 3 February 2021 (version 1.75.5). One of the changes to the software is that new versions of LOCKSS no longer support Java 7. All machines getting updated versions of LOCKSS will need to have Java 8 or later installed, or else LOCKSS will not start.

If you run an ADPNet Preservation Node, and you are not sure what version of Java your machine currently has installed, here is a check-list for how to check that.

Use SSH Command Line to Check

  • If you are able to SSH into your LOCKSS box, you can run java -version to see what it says.

1. Check the currently installed Java version:

java -version

If the output indicates a version number beginning with 1.8, Java 8 is already installed, no further action is needed. Example:

openjdk version "1.8.0_265"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_265-b01)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.265-b01, mixed mode)

If the output indicates a version number beginning with 1.7, Java 7 needs to be uninstalled and Java 8 installed. Example:

java version "1.7.0_221"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (rhel-2.6.18.0.el7_6-x86_64 u221-b02)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.221-b02, mixed mode)

If you find out that you need to upgrade to Java 8, see HOWTO: Upgrade the version of Java running on your preservation node.

Use Web Interface to Check

  • If you are not able to SSH into a LOCKSS box, but you can access the LOCKSS management web interface, then you can get a report from the web interface using this URL (replace [HOSTNAME] with the domain name for your LOCKSS box):
 http://[HOSTNAME]:8081/DaemonStatus?table=PlatformStatus

If you find out that you need to upgrade to Java 8, see HOWTO: Upgrade the version of Java running on your preservation node.