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PM79302: NO OPTION TO CHANGE THE LOCATION OF THE FFDC DIRECTORY IN WEBSPHERE V7.0.

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • Currently there's no option to change the location of the FFDC
    directory for the WebSphere v7.0 customers. Whereas, the v8
    customers are able to do so after the fix for the internal
    defect# 539498. This APAR is created to allow the v7.0 customers
    to be able to redirect the FFDC logs into a new directory.
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  All users of IBM WebSphere Application      *
    *                  Server V7.0                                 *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: There is no option to change the        *
    *                      location of the FFDC folder.            *
    *                      By default it always writes the logs    *
    *                      in to LOG_ROOT/ffdc folder.             *
    *                      FFDC location can be changed, only by   *
    *                      changing the LOG_ROOT WebSphere         *
    *                      variable to other location.             *
    *                      By doing this, the entire log           *
    *                      location is moved to the new location.  *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    There is no option to change location of ffdc folder. Always
    writes into LOG_ROOT folder.
    

Problem conclusion

  • The system property to set the location of the FFDC directory
    is com.ibm.ffdc.log. If the location you specify exists, make
    sure that it is a directory and not a file.  If it does not
    exist, make sure that you end the string with a \ on windows
    or a / on nonWindows platforms.  Examples:
    com.ibm.ffdc.log=/tmp/myFFDC/   or
    com.ibm.ffdc.log=c:\myLogs\myFFDC\.
    
    APAR PM79302 requires changes to documentation.
    
    NOTE: Periodically, we refresh the documentation on our
    website; so the changes might have been made before you
    read this text. To access the latest on-line documentation,
    go to the product library page at:
    
    http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/appserv/library
    
    The following update to the WebSphere Application Server
    Version 7.0 Information Center will be made available in
    December 2013.
    
    The topic "First failure data capture (FFDC)" will be updated
    to include the following paragraph:
    
    The com.ibm.ffdc.log variable can also be used to redirect the
    FFDC incidents and summary created in the product. If you want
    to use the com.ibm.ffdc.log variable for this purpose, you
    must specify a directory as the variable value. Therefore, it
    is recommended that, if this variable is used in a WebSphere
    Application Server environment, the specification of this
    variable end in a file separator (/ or \\) to avoid conflicts.
    
    APAR PM79302 is currently targeted for inclusion in Fix Pack
    7.0.0.31 of WebSphere Application Server V7.0.
    
    In addition, please refer to URL:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=404&uid=swg27006970
    for Fix Pack PTF information.
    

Temporary fix

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APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PM79302

  • Reported component name

    WEBSPHERE FOR Z

  • Reported component ID

    5655I3500

  • Reported release

    700

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2012-12-17

  • Closed date

    2013-05-08

  • Last modified date

    2014-02-05

  • 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

    WEBSPHERE FOR Z

  • Fixed component ID

    5655I3500

Applicable component levels

  • R700 PSY UI13725

       UP14/01/11 P F401

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Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server for z/OS
General

Software version: 7.0

Reference #: PM79302

Modified date: 05 February 2014