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Install Sun Application Server on Ubuntu

Sun Microsystems

On the client site when working on Java (or should I say JEE) projects, the application servers are most of the time “rotate” between these four: JBoss, Websphere, Weblogic, and someties Geronimo. However there are some clients who have pretty tight contracts with Sun, and in these cases the Sun Application Server is used.

I think now days in development world in general, well except maybe .NET part of it, Ubuntu and/or Mac OS slowly become OSs of choice for developers. Sun app server however is not the most used app server out there, and since its installation could be a bit non-straightforward, here are four simple steps on how to install it on Ubuntu box:

Step 1. Download the “.bin” form sun:

“Sun Java System Application Server”

http://java.sun.com/j2ee/1.4/download.html (I needed 8.2, but there are more recent ones)

Step 2. Change permissions, to make it runnable:

chmod 744 sjsas_pe-8_2-linux.bin

Step 3. If you just run it:


It is going to complaint that it is missing a standard c++ library:

./sjsas_pe-8_2-linux.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++-libc6.2-2.so.3: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Having done some “apt-cache” searches ( apt-cache search libstdc++ ), found that Ubuntu has “libstdc++.so.6” in /usr/lib.
From /usr/lib run:

 sudo ln -s libstdc++.so.6 libstdc++-libc6.2-2.so.3

Step 4. Run it now, it will install Sun App Server successfully! * **

* Do not run installation as root – it will fail (for most sun app servers versions)

** If you use any form of Beryl (or some Compiz’es), disable it, or reload window manager as a “Gnome Manager”. This is due to the fact the the installer is written in Swing, and Swing does not get along too well with some display managers.