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CrashPlan App Closes In Some Linux Installations

Applies to:
  • CrashPlan PRO
  • CrashPlan PROe


The CrashPlan app fails to launch. The splash screen appears for a second or two, and then disappears without error.

Note: If you experience this issue, it can reoccur anytime you uninstall and reinstall the CrashPlan app, or after an automatic upgrade.


  • CrashPlan app versions 3.5.3 to 3.6.4
  • Linux operating systems

Users who experience these symptoms usually find that their systems have one or more of the following currently installed:

  • GIMP (GNU image manipulation program)
  • A GNOME 3 desktop environment
  • Both libwebkitgtk-3.0-0 and libwebkitgtk-1.0-0


The ui_output.log file (default location/usr/local/crashplan/log) displays an error similar to the following:

    # A fatal error has been detected by the Java Runtime Environment:
    #  SIGSEGV (0xb) at pc=0x00007f1d89bd7009, pid=14960, tid=139766130898688
    # JRE version: 6.0_25-b06
    # Java VM: Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (20.0-b11 mixed mode linux-amd64 compressed oops)
    # Problematic frame:
    # C  []  short+0x19
    # An error report file with more information is saved as:
    # /tmp/hs_err_pid14960.log
    # If you would like to submit a bug report, please visit:
    # The crash happened outside the Java Virtual Machine in native code.
    # See problematic frame for where to report the bug.

If you are receiving the error above, CrashPlan cannot locate a library that it uses to display styled HTML content inside the CrashPlan app. 

Recommended Solution

First, edit the run.conf file in your CrashPlan app installation directory. If the CrashPlan app still does not launch properly, install the webkit library suggested below.

Edit CrashPlan Installation Directory

  1. Edit the run.conf file in your CrashPlan app installation directory
    Default location: /usr/local/crashplan/bin/
  2. Navigate to the end of the GUI_JAVA_OPTS section
  3. Add this line, inside the quotes:
SRV_JAVA_OPTS="-Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Dapp=CrashPlanService -DappBaseName=CrashPlan -Xms20m -Xmx512m -Dnetworkaddress.cache.ttl=300 -Dnetworkaddress.cache.negative.ttl=0 -Dc42.native.md5.enabled=false"
GUI_JAVA_OPTS="-Dfile.encoding=UTF-8 -Dapp=CrashPlanDesktop -DappBaseName=CrashPlan -Xms20m -Xmx512m -Dnetworkaddress.cache.ttl=300 -Dnetworkaddress.cache.negative.ttl=0 -Dc42.native.md5.enabled=false -Dorg.eclipse.swt.browser.DefaultType=mozilla"
  1. Save the file
  2. Open the CrashPlan app

The CrashPlan app should launch properly. If attempting to launch CrashPlan fails, you may need to install libwebkitgtk-3.0-0 in addition to the solution above.

Uninstalling And Reinstalling Or Upgrading The CrashPlan App
If you uninstall and reinstall the CrashPlan app, or the app automatically upgrades to a new version, the run.conf file is overwritten, causing this issue to reoccur. Update the run.conf file as described above to correct the issue.

Install Webkit Library

If the CrashPlan app still does not launch properly after editing the run.conf file as described above, install libwebkitgtk-3.0-0:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Download and install the library using the following command:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libwebkitgtk-3.0-0
  3. Open the CrashPlan app
    The CrashPlan app should launch properly