Thank you all for the suggestions. However, I decided to downgrade to Java 8 (OpenJDK 8), as I realized that the tutorial I was following was actually also using OpenJDK 8, and I didn't feel confident to venture out without help. I am however facing another issue with Derby, after downgrading where it throws an error. Will make a separate post about it in a moment.

On Sat, Nov 9, 2019 at 7:01 AM Bryan Pendleton <> wrote:
If you're just learning Derby, you don't need to use the Network
Server and Network Client.

Try following the "embedded" path in

It's a lot simpler.

Then when you're more comfortable with Derby you can move up to the
Network Server and its additional administration issues.


On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 11:29 PM Banibrata Dutta
<> wrote:
> Hi Folk,
> Trying to use Derby for the first time. I am not an expert Java developer but dabbling for learning me some. I followed the official Derby instructions for installing the latest Derby on my freshly minted Lubuntu (lighter Ubuntu using LXDE) 64-bit 18.04.3 setup, with OpenJDK11 (default).
> Have started Derby in network server mode like this:
> $ java -jar $DERBY_HOME/lib/derbyrun.jar server start
> And then trying to using ij to create the database like this:
> $ ij
> ij version 10.15
> ij> CONNECT 'jdbc:derby://localhost:1527/seconddb;create=true';
> ERROR XJ041: DERBY SQL error: ERRORCODE: 40000, SQLSTATE: XJ041, SQLERRMC: Failed to create database 'seconddb', see the next exception for details.::SQLSTATE: XBM01::SQLSTATE: XJ001
> ij>
> Trying to read around, there are suggestions to look into derby.log file, but I found none so far. What gives ? How to proceed ? Didn't find any general troubleshooting instructions in the docs. Tried the FAQ, but no obvious clues.
> cheers,
> B