Elasticsearch won't start after 7.9.1 to 7.9.2 upgrade

For some reason, I am getting the following JVM error when starting elasticsearch 7.9.2 on CentOS7 after a yum upgrade. Any ideas? Thanks for any help:

Exception in thread "main" java.lang.RuntimeException: starting java failed with [1]

Unrecognized VM option 'UseConcMarkSweepGC'
Error: Could not create the Java Virtual Machine.
Error: A fatal exception has occurred. Program will exit.
at org.elasticsearch.tools.launchers.JvmErgonomics.flagsFinal(JvmErgonomics.java:126)
at org.elasticsearch.tools.launchers.JvmErgonomics.finalJvmOptions(JvmErgonomics.java:88)
at org.elasticsearch.tools.launchers.JvmErgonomics.choose(JvmErgonomics.java:59)
at org.elasticsearch.tools.launchers.JvmOptionsParser.jvmOptions(JvmOptionsParser.java:137)
at org.elasticsearch.tools.launchers.JvmOptionsParser.main(JvmOptionsParser.java:95)

I'm seeing the same thing on Ubuntu 18.04.

A quick google of the error tells me it's related to this:



  • Upgrade the bundled JDK to JDK 15 #62580

So my automated approach of updating elasticsearch ignores any new versions of configuration files. Forcing reinstall using sudo apt install --reinstall -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-confask,confnew,confmiss" elasticsearch gave me an updated jvm.options that solves the issue. Here's the diff:

# diff jvm.options jvm.options.dpkg-old
< 8-13:-XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC
< 8-13:-XX:CMSInitiatingOccupancyFraction=75
< 8-13:-XX:+UseCMSInitiatingOccupancyOnly
> -XX:+UseConcMarkSweepGC
> -XX:CMSInitiatingOccupancyFraction=75
> -XX:+UseCMSInitiatingOccupancyOnly
< # NOTE: G1 GC is only supported on JDK version 10 or later
< # to use G1GC, uncomment the next two lines and update the version on the
< # following three lines to your version of the JDK
< # 10-13:-XX:-UseConcMarkSweepGC
< # 10-13:-XX:-UseCMSInitiatingOccupancyOnly
< 14-:-XX:+UseG1GC
< 14-:-XX:G1ReservePercent=25
< 14-:-XX:InitiatingHeapOccupancyPercent=30
> # NOTE: G1GC is only supported on JDK version 10 or later.
> # To use G1GC uncomment the lines below.
> # 10-:-XX:-UseConcMarkSweepGC
> # 10-:-XX:-UseCMSInitiatingOccupancyOnly
> # 10-:-XX:+UseG1GC
> # 10-:-XX:G1ReservePercent=25
> # 10-:-XX:InitiatingHeapOccupancyPercent=30

I'm no Java expert, so to summarize: Make sure you use the latest jvm.options (don't forget to save a backup of your old one in case of custom modifications) and hopefully elasticsearch starts just fine.


Yes, that was the fix. Thank you @niklaskurvinen

Thanks.. D

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