# 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.

## Problem

The following error is received when starting Confluence through start-confluence.sh/start-confluence.bat 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.

## Cause

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.

## Resolution

To resolve the issue, make sure the terminal/terminal emulator (e.g. PuTTY) is using the correct newline format when editing the start-confluence.sh/start-confluence.bat 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.