java – Scala repl throws error-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

When I type scala on the terminal to start the repl, it throws this error

scala> [init] error: error while loading AnnotatedElement, 
class file '/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle/jre/lib/rt.jar
is broken (bad constant pool tag 15 at byte 2713)

When I hit enter and type println("hello, world"), it again throws this

error: error while loading CharSequence, 
class file '/usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle/jre/lib/rt.jar
(java/lang/CharSequence.class)' is broken
(bad constant pool tag 15 at byte 1501)

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 and java -version gives

java version "1.8.0_05"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_05-b13)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.5-b02, mixed mode)
How to solve:

Either update to a newer scala version (2.10.3+) or downgrade java to java 6/7. As you have seen in the output, 2.9.2 was here long before java 8 was introduced (Copyright 2002-2011, LAMP/EPFL), so they don’t work well together.

This duplicate question contains exact instructions on ubuntu’s java downgrade.


remove the scala 2.9.2 using terminal

 sudo apt-get remove scala 

download the latest scala from scala website

Installation instruction are giving on this link


You might have to run it with JDK 7 or 6


Downgrading JDK version to 7 solved this issue for me.
Here is the solution:

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