ca-certificates-java doesn't create /etc/ssl/certs/java/cacerts

Bug #1396760 reported by us2000 on 2014-11-26
This bug affects 23 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
ca-certificates-java (Debian)
Fix Released
ca-certificates-java (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Ubuntu server 14.10 64 bit:
sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre-headless
installs also ca-certificates-java which results in follwing error during install:

Setting up ca-certificates-java (20140324) ...
/var/lib/dpkg/info/ca-certificates-java.postinst: line 53: java: command not found
/var/lib/dpkg/info/ca-certificates-java.postinst: line 66: java: command not found
Processing triggers for ca-certificates (20140325) ...
Updating certificates in /etc/ssl/certs... 0 added, 0 removed; done.
Running hooks in /etc/ca-certificates/update.d....
/etc/ca-certificates/update.d/jks-keystore: 82: /etc/ca-certificates/update.d/jks-keystore: java: not found
E: /etc/ca-certificates/update.d/jks-keystore exited with code 1.

This results in an unconfigued empty /etc/ssl/certs/java/cacerts.
This induces errors in user applications like " PKIX path building failed: unable to find valid certification path to requested target"

sudo /var/lib/dpkg/info/ca-certificates-java.postinst configure

The root cause for the error is to me unknown, maybe wrong sequence order during package configuration?


Description: Ubuntu 14.10
Release: 14.10

  Installed: 20140324
  Candidate: 20140324
  Version table:
 *** 20140324 0
        500 utopic/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
  Installed: 8u40~b09-1
  Candidate: 8u40~b09-1
  Version table:
 *** 8u40~b09-1 0
        500 utopic/universe amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

us2000 (q-launchpad-r) on 2014-11-26
affects: lubuntu-meta (Ubuntu) → ca-certificates-java (Ubuntu)
Hans Joachim Desserud (hjd) wrote :

Thanks for taking your time to report this issue and help making Ubuntu better.

I stumbled across this issue after I had reported a similar one. (Bug 1406483 where I triggered it by installing maven and openjdk-8-jdk)

I was able to reproduce this issue when installing openjdk-8-jre-headless on Ubuntu 14.10, though when I tried on Ubuntu Vivid it added the certificates and worked fine. Tough I don't see why it would as neither openjdk-8 nor the ca-certificates-java package has changed between these two releases.

(Oh, and I also found bug 983302 where it looks like the same issue has plagued the headless package for openjdk-7)

Changed in ca-certificates-java (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: utopic
Changed in ca-certificates-java (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Tianon Gravi (tianon) wrote :

Has this also been reported upstream in Debian? I can't find anything related in the BTS.

Hans Joachim Desserud (hjd) wrote :

>Has this also been reported upstream in Debian?

No, I don't think so. I've tried here with a minimal Sid VM, but I have not been able to reproduce this issue nor bug 1406483 which I stumbled across recently. So while I would normally forward bugs to Debian, I am hesitant since I'm not able to trigger the issue there. I don't really know how to investigate this issue further so I'm open to suggestions.

us2000 (q-launchpad-r) wrote :

Reproduce with Virtualbox:

lubuntu-14.10-desktop-amd64.iso (md5:60e666e9459ec52e56aa6cbd94d6895e)
No install, boot into life-system
(Kernel Boot Parameter vga=791 for display bug)
Then in the Live-System:
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre-headless


ubuntu-14.10-server-amd64.iso (md5:91bd1cfba65417bfa04567e4f64b5c55)
Default install, only openssh-server installed
Then in the installed system:
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre-headless

Java bug also triggered, when you do an system update before java install:
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get upgrade
 sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jre-headless

-->could not be tested, there exists no openjdk-8-* package in default apt config

Best regards us2000

us2000 (q-launchpad-r) wrote :

fetched java version in ubuntu: 8u40~b09-1_amd64

Tianon Gravi (tianon) wrote : :D

(more reproducing, and a patch)

Hans Joachim Desserud (hjd) wrote :


Thanks, I wasn't able to trigger this on Debian. I've attached a bug watch so that we'll be notified when the issue is fixed.

Changed in ca-certificates-java (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Sturm Flut (sturmflut) wrote :

I've just run into this bug on Vivid with OpenJDK 8u45-b14-1_amd64 and ca-certificates-java 20140324. The solution proposed by the original poster of this bug report worked.

Mondane (mondane-woodworker) wrote :

Same problem on a clean Ubuntu 15.04 installation.

Mondane (mondane-woodworker) wrote :

NB OpenJDK was installed after I installed this package: . Maybe it's a dependency related issue?

tags: added: vivid
guyvdb (guyvdb-gmail) wrote :

Same problem here on a fully updated 15.04. The reported solution works. This bug breaks the use of sbt and maven build systems.

Thanks alot !

I think for me the problem came from installing openjdk-8-jre first and then openjdk-8-jdk. I used sudo apt-get install. Anyways, your solution worked perfectly.

Changed in ca-certificates-java (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
Benjamin Drung (bdrung) wrote :

This bug is fixed in ca-certificates-java 20160321 (see bug #1560405) in Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial).

Changed in ca-certificates-java (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released

We just ran into this bug on 14.04
How come it never got backported? This is a super serious issue, and just led to a outage on our site :(

Hans Joachim Desserud (hjd) wrote :

>How come it never got backported?

I guess nobody requested it for an older release before now, see for details.

Though, I do wonder whether what you are experiencing is the exact same issue. According to bug 1560405 and it looks like this was fixed by adding support for openjdk-8, but that doesn't seem to be available in 14.04 ( So... I'm not sure if that would actually fix things or if you are encountering a separate but similar issue.

We bring in Java 8 from openjdk-r. Not having supported Java 8 in Trusty is one of our other huge gripes, and arguably the fact that it's not integrated and tested but you have to use a PPA instead is part of why these problems don't get found until users try to use the software :)

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