Re: classFormatException error in hello world example?

Nigel Wade <>
Fri, 09 Feb 2007 16:32:43 +0000
BenTaylor wrote:

i'm trying to run the very simple example at
having installed the jdk for linux from's downloads
and I've done it exactly as described but it gives me this error:

[ben@benlinux helloworld]$ java HelloWorldApp
Exception in thread "main" java.lang.ClassFormatError: HelloWorldApp
(unrecognized class file version)
   at java.lang.VMClassLoader.defineClass(
   at java.lang.ClassLoader.defineClass(
   at gnu.gcj.runtime.SystemClassLoader.findClass(
   at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(
   at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(

any ideas what could be the problem?


It looks like your system has a conflict between the Sun Java installation and
an existing gcj installation.

Check exactly what executable the "java" command runs (and also javac). It might
be that you've used a recent Sun SDK javac compiler to create the classes, but
the java command is an older version of java (from gcj).

Nigel Wade, System Administrator, Space Plasma Physics Group,
            University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
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