Bitbucket wrong java version fails silently


I wanted to let you know that after updating my aws linux today, Bitbucket would no longer start.


upon "service atlbitbucket start" i would get the following output:

To run Bitbucket in the foreground, start the server with -fg

Starting Atlassian Bitbucket as dedicated user atlbitbucket 

Using BITBUCKET_HOME:      /var/atlassian/application-data/stash

Using CATALINA_BASE:   /opt/atlassian/bitbucket/4.1.3

Using CATALINA_HOME:   /opt/atlassian/bitbucket/4.1.3

Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /opt/atlassian/bitbucket/4.1.3/temp

Using JRE_HOME:        /opt/atlassian/bitbucket/4.1.3/jre

Using CLASSPATH:       /opt/atlassian/bitbucket/4.1.3/bin/bitbucket-bootstrap.jar:/opt/atlassian/bitbucket/4.1.3/bin/bootstrap.jar:/opt/atlassian/bitbucket/4.1.3/bin/tomcat-juli.jar

Using CATALINA_PID:    /opt/atlassian/bitbucket/4.1.3/work/

Existing PID file found during start.

Removing/clearing stale PID file.

Tomcat started.

Success! You can now use Bitbucket at the following address:


If you cannot access Bitbucket at the above location within 3 minutes, or encounter any other issues starting or stopping Atlassian Bitbucket, please see the troubleshooting guide at:


This indicated to me that there were no problems. However, running "service atlbitbucket status" would return "

Bitbucket is not running".

I had to do some digging in the logs and finally found in "/opt/atlassian/bitbucket/4.1.3/logs/catalina.out" that "Atlassian Bitbucket does not support Java 1.7.0_95. Please start the product with Java 8 or greater."


It would've been great if that message appeared during the failed startup. 

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I suggest sending a feature request here in

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