Invalid option when starting Confluence

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Platform Notice: Server and Data Center Only - This article only applies to Atlassian products on the server and data center platforms.


The following error is received when starting Confluence through or automatically through a service running  /etc/init.d/confluence start:

: invalid option


Additionally, there are no relevant errors in the Catalina or Confluence logs.


The terminal emulator is using the incorrect newline format. UnixLinux, and OS X use LF and Windows uses CRLF to denote the end of a line.


To resolve the issue, make sure the terminal/terminal emulator (e.g. PuTTY) is using the correct newline format when editing the or /etc/init.d/confluence files.

  • If using UnixLinux, and OS X, set it to LF
  • If using Windows, set it to CRLF
  • Edit the file again and save.

Last modified on Feb 26, 2016

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