Specifying bamboo agent home generates Java error

Using the following command:

C:\Windows\SysWOW64\java -Dbamboo.home=C:\bamboo-agent-home -jar .\atlassian-bamboo-agent-installer-5.6.0.jar http://bamboo.url:8085/agentServer start

gives the error

Error: Could not find or load main class .home=C:\bamboo-agent-home

From Java and Atlassian docs this seems to be the correct command:


We are not Java developers so it is not clear how to resolve the problem (my guess is that if we were, the answer would be obvious). Your assistance is requested.

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The problem appears to be that Windows Powershell multilates "java -Dbamboo.home=<somedir> -jar <etc>" somehow. Using the regular Windows command line works fine.

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Output from your command suggests there's a space or some other separator right after 

C:\Windows\SysWOW64\java -Dbamboo 

I'm not sure how you executing this command. Do you type this in from command line or run from a batch file? 

May I please ask you to type this command in from the command line (do not copy-paste)? Does it work? If it does then you batch file might contain some unprintable characters (result of copy-paste?) which confuse command line interpreter.

I did originally type the command on the command line, but to date I have been copying and pasting to the command line. I tried typing the command in full as you suggested and got the original ".home" related error.

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Hello Russell,

Thank you for your question.

Could you please inform what Java SDK have you installed by running the following command from Command Prompt:

java -version
which java

Kind regards,
Rafael P. Sperafico
Atlassian Support

"java -version" provides java version "1.7.0_72" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_72-b14) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 24.72-b04, mixed mode) and "C:\Windows\SysWOW64\java -version" provides java version "1.7.0_71" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_71-b14) Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 24.71-b01, mixed mode, sharing)

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Hello Russell,

It seems you have two Java installed on your Windows box.
If you run the following command you will be able to check under which path your "java -version" is running from:

which java

The above should display the same information as the following command:

echo %JAVA_HOME%

Please, make sure you are pointing to your Java SDK instead of JRE installation directory.

Kind regards,
Rafael P. Sperafico
Atlassian Support

"which java" doesn't work in Windows. Sometimes "where java" does. I have a 64 bit system so I installed 64bit JDK for the Bamboo agent, but an application that it is to be as part of a job is 32 bit and requires Java so I also had to installed a 32 bit JRE. Hence the multiple Java installations.

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