Unrecognized VM option 'MaxPermSize=512m' when running Zeppelin

When I try to run Zeppelin by either



bin/ start

I was getting the following error message.

Unrecognized VM option 'MaxPermSize=512m'
Error: Could not create the Java Virtual Machine.
Error: A fatal exception has occurred. Program will exit.

Java 9 is installed on my system (Ubuntu 16.04).

$ java -version                         
openjdk version "9-internal"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 9-internal+0-2016-04-14-195246.buildd.src)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 9-internal+0-2016-04-14-195246.buildd.src, mixed mode)


  • It appears the MaxPermSize VM option is no longer supported in Java 9. Perhaps they changed the parameter name or something. Instead of digging into this issue further, as I had no particular reason to insist on using Java 9, I installed Java 8 as follows:

    sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk

    And made it a default Java environment

    sudo update-alternatives --config java

    This fixed the issue.