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PM18661: NULLPOINTEREXCEPTION PROCESSING CROSS-PLATFORM APPLICATION MANIFEST CLASS PATH

Fixes are available

7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for AIX
7.0.0.15: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for HP-UX
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for IBM i
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Linux
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Solaris
7.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 15 for Windows
7.0.0.17: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 17
7.0.0.17: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.19: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 19
7.0.0.21: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 21
7.0.0.23: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 23
7.0.0.25: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 25
7.0.0.27: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 27
7.0.0.29: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 29
7.0.0.31: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 31
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.33: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 33
7.0.0.35: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 35
7.0.0.37: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 37
7.0.0.39: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 39
7.0.0.41: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 41
7.0.0.43: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 43
7.0.0.45: WebSphere Application Server V7.0 Fix Pack 45
7.0.0.19: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.21: Java SDK 1.6 SR9 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.23: Java SDK 1.6 SR10 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere
7.0.0.25: Java SDK 1.6 SR11 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.27: Java SDK 1.6 SR12 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.29: Java SDK 1.6 SR13 FP2 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.45: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP60 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.31: Java SDK 1.6 SR15 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.35: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP1 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.37: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP3 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.39: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP7 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.41: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP20 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server
7.0.0.43: Java SDK 1.6 SR16 FP41 Cumulative Fix for WebSphere Application Server

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • When processing application manifest class path entries, if a
    rooted cross-platform class path entry is specified, a null
    pointer exception will result.
    
    Description:
    
    The problem occurs specifically when processing a Windows type
    absolute path on a Unix environment, for example, "C:\aDir".
    
    When the problem occurs, a NullPointerException is logged:
    
    [7/7/10 19:36:39:897 CDT] 00000000 WSDeploymentD E  WSWS0011E:
    Caught an exception while trying to get an InputStream for file
    WEB-INF/webservices.xml in module
    WARFile.war,WEB-INF/web.xml. The exception is
    java.lang.NullPointerException
    at java.io.File.<init>(File.java:222)
    at
    org.eclipse.jst.j2ee.commonarchivecore.internal.util.ArchiveUtil
    .resolveFile(ArchiveUtil.java:1406)
    at
    org.eclipse.jst.j2ee.commonarchivecore.internal.util.ArchiveUtil
    .toLocalURLs(ArchiveUtil.java:1143)
    
    The key features of the log information are a null pointer
    exception
    from java.io.File<init> from ArchiveUtil.resolveFile.
    
    The problem occurs as a consequence of the APAR PK94558, which
    modified the processing of class path entries, but which did not
    allow for the processing cross-platform entries.
    Note that APAR PK94558 provides the custom property
    "com.ibm.eclipse.wtp.allowRootedEntries"
    to handle root class path entries, but use of that custom
    property does not prevent the null pointer exception.
    

Local fix

  • N/A
    

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  All users of IBM WebSphere Application      *
    *                  Server V7.0                                 *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: When processing the manifest class      *
    *                      path entries, a null pointer            *
    *                      exception occurs if a class path is     *
    *                      specified that is not valid for the     *
    *                      operating system.                       *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    When processing the class path entries in the manifest file
    for an application during an application install, and a class
    path entry is specified that is not valid for the operating
    system on which the user is installing the application , a
    null pointer exception will result.
    
    For example, when processing a Windows type absolute path on a
    Unix environment , "C:\aDir", a NullPointerException is logged:
    
    [7/7/10 19:36:39:897 CDT] 00000000 WSDeploymentD E  WSWS0011E:
    Caught an exception while trying to get an InputStream for
    file WEB-INF/webservices.xml in module
    WARFile.war,WEB-INF/web.xml. The exception is
    java.lang.NullPointerException
    at java.io.File.<init>(File.java:222)
    at
    org.eclipse.jst.j2ee.commonarchivecore.internal.util.ArchiveUtil
    .resolveFile(ArchiveUtil.java:1406)
    at
    org.eclipse.jst.j2ee.commonarchivecore.internal.util.ArchiveUtil
    .toLocalURLs(ArchiveUtil.java:1143)
    
    The key features of the log information are a null pointer
    exception
    from java.io.File<init> from ArchiveUtil.resolveFile.
    

Problem conclusion

  • The code has been modified to not fail with a null pointer
    exception in this case, but instead accept this case and
    continue processing as normal.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix pack 7.0.0.15.  Please refer to the Recommended Updates
    page for delivery information:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg27004980
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PM18661

  • Reported component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Reported component ID

    5724H8800

  • Reported release

    700

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2010-07-19

  • Closed date

    2010-09-10

  • Last modified date

    2010-09-10

  • APAR is sysrouted FROM one or more of the following:

  • APAR is sysrouted TO one or more of the following:

Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Fixed component ID

    5724H8800

Applicable component levels

  • R700 PSY

       UP



Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server
General

Software version: 7.0

Reference #: PM18661

Modified date: 10 September 2010