JIRA 6 WAR file install fails

I'm trying to install JIRA 6 WAR distribution and it fails with

2013-05-24 13:50:16,453 localhost-startStop-1 INFO [atlassian.jira.startup.JiraHomeStartupCheck] The jira.home directory '/Users/<userhome>/jira/jira_home' is validated and locked for exclusive use by this instance.
2013-05-24 13:50:18,292 localhost-startStop-1 INFO [atlassian.jira.startup.JiraStartupLogger]

___ Starting the JIRA Plugin System _________________

2013-05-24 13:50:18,293 localhost-startStop-1 INFO [atlassian.plugin.manager.DefaultPluginManager] Initialising the plugin system
2013-05-24 13:50:18,542 localhost-startStop-1 ERROR [atlassian.event.internal.AsynchronousAbleEventDispatcher] There was an exception thrown trying to dispatch event 'com.atlassian.plugin.event.events.PluginFrameworkStartingEvent@6e659ae8' from the invoker 'SingleParameterMethodListenerInvoker{method=public void com.atlassian.plugin.osgi.container.felix.FelixOsgiContainerManager.onStart(com.atlassian.plugin.event.events.PluginFrameworkStartingEvent), listener=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.JiraOsgiContainerManager@50e5a757}'.
java.lang.RuntimeException: No valid JIRA Home directory.

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it is set, look at the log statement above "The jira.home directory '/Users/<userhome>/jira/jira_home' is validated and locked for exclusive use by this instance." so some part of the system recognizes that it's set while the plugin system doesn't.

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