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PM50090: UPDATEINSTALLER V7.0 FAILS UPDATING WEBSPHERE DUE TO NIFSTACK STANZA IS MISSING PARAMETER PARAM NAME="PACKAGETYPE" VALUE="NA"

Fixes are available

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
7.0.0.23: 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

  • Currently installed is Websphere Application Server V7.0 and
    TAM 7.0 Client is wanting to upgrade Websphere Application
    Server with a fix pack. When the Update Installer is run the
    following error is found in the updatetrace.log
    -
    2011.09.28 18:54:56.005 CDT java.lang.NullPointerException
    at
    com.ibm.ws.install.ni.ismp.utils.UPDIMultipleMaintenancePackageU
    tils.getAPARsFromNIFStackExcludeToBeUninstalled(UPDIMultipleMain
    tenancePackageUtils.java:589)
    at
    com.ibm.ws.install.ni.ismp.panels.cache.UPDIMultipleMaintenanceP
    ackageSelectionStackManager.getInstalledAndSelectedAPARsExcludeT
    obeUninstalledByCurrentFPorRPandSeclectedFPorRP(UPDIMultipleMain
    tenancePackageSelectionStackManager.java:455)
    at
    com.ibm.ws.install.ni.ismp.panels.cache.UPDIMultipleMaintenanceP
    ackageSelectionRules.MaintenanceAPARPrereqExreqChecking(UPDIMult
    ipleMaintenancePackageSelectionRules.java:399)
    -- truncated ---
    -
    Note that the error is stating that it is gathering data from
    the NIFStack with the statement,
    getAPARSFromNIFStackExcludeToBeUninstalled.
    During the gathering process it reviews each stanza in the
    NIFStack.xml file. It finds an entry that is for TAM.Dmgr.pak
    in one environment and TAM.DSess.pak in another environment
    during a separate update process.
    These stanza's are missing a parameter called
    <param name="packagetype" value="NA"/>
    -
    This entry within the stanza would have allowed the
    Update Iinstaller to bypass its normal matching process. Instead
    it produces the aforementioned error.
    

Local fix

  • As a workaround IBM support will guide the client to edit the
    NIFStack.xml, found in the following directory
    Websphere_Home/properties/version/nif/backup. The client will
    add the following entry within the stanza for TAM.Dmgr.pak or
    TAM.DSess.pak
    <param name="packagetype" value="NA"/>
    Save the NIFStack.xml file and retry the upgrade.
    

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  Only users of IBM WebSphere Application     *
    *                  Server V7.0 who applied pak files which did *
    *                  not have the "pakcagetype" metadata.        *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: Update Installed will fail when         *
    *                      installing Fix Packs if there are pak   *
    *                      files without "packagetype" meta data   *
    *                      installed.                              *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    Meta data missing in some pak files causes Update
    Installer failure.
    

Problem conclusion

  • Enhanced Update Installer to handle the case that there is a
    pak file without "packagetype" meta data installed.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix pack 7.0.0.23. 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

    PM50090

  • 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

    2011-10-14

  • Closed date

    2011-11-08

  • Last modified date

    2011-11-08

  • 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

  • R61A PSY

       UP

  • R61H PSY

       UP

  • R61I PSY

       UP

  • R61P PSY

       UP

  • R61S PSY

       UP

  • R61W PSY

       UP

  • R61Z PSY

       UP



Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server
General

Software version: 7.0

Reference #: PM50090

Modified date: 08 November 2011