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According to the documentation (https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cloud-pak-system-w4600/2.3.3?topic=reference-downloading-command-line-interface) and from the "Readme" file of PureCLI, the command-line interface PureCLI only supports Java 6 and Java 7 runtimes. Using later versions of Java runtime environment, such as Java 8, can lead to issues, such as SSL exceptions (for example, see https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/cloud-pak-system-software/22.214.171.124?topic=SSL5ES_126.96.36.199/power/ICON/topics/tsicn_cli_sslexception.htm).
However, both Java 6 and Java 7 are now out of support. As a consequence, PureCLI scripts used for automation or maintenance in production environments can't be used anymore because Java 6 and 7 runtimes are usually banned from production systems for security reasons.
Java 8 is the oldest supported version of Java, so it's the minimal runtime version that should be supported by PureCLI.
This will benefit to all IBM Cloud Pak System customers that are using PureCLI for maintenance or automation of their appliances.
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