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PH06941: SYNTAXERROR: STRING CONSTANT TOO LARGE IN WASPOSTUPGRADE APP DEPLOYMENT

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • WASPostUpgrade fails to deploy large and complex ears like
    Websphere Commerce ear and throw below error.
    
    
    [01/03/2019 23:48:50:605 PST] WASX7357I: By request, this
    scripting client is not connected to any server process.
    Certain configuration and application operations will be
    available in local mode.
    [01/03/2019 23:48:53:648 PST] WASX7017E: Exception received
    while running file
    "/opt/IBM/dmgrPreUpgradeOutput/install_WC_ProdMaster.ear.jy";
    exception information: com.ibm.bsf.BSFException: exception from
    Jython:
    [01/03/2019 23:48:53:648 PST] Traceback (innermost last):
    [01/03/2019 23:48:53:648 PST] (no code object) at line 0
    [01/03/2019 23:48:53:649 PST] File "<string>", line 2
    [01/03/2019 23:48:53:649 PST] SyntaxError: string constant too
    large (more than 32767 characters)
    [01/03/2019 23:48:53:649 PST]
    [01/03/2019 23:48:53:666 PST] MIGR0340W: Application
    WC_ProdMaster.ear did not deploy.
    
    repeated strings such as target server list in the script
    install_WC_ProdMaster.ear.jy caused to reach jython string
    limit.
    

Local fix

  • To workaround it you need to edit the
    install_WC_ProdMaster.ear.jy file and, anywhere near the middle
    of the very long parameters string, insert the characters
    
    '+'
    
    which will break up the string literal into two literals that
    are concatenated together.
    

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  All users of IBM WebSphere Application      *
    *                  Server Configuration Migration              *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: "SyntaxError: string constant too       *
    *                      large" error when deploying             *
    *                      applications in WASPostUpgrade          *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    When deploying applications, either as part of
    WASPostUpgrade, as part of WASMigrationAppInstaller, or by
    manually running the application deployment Jython scripts
    under wsadmin, the deployment fails with the error
    "SyntaxError: string constant too large." The error is
    accurate: the options to the AdminApp.install() method are
    provided as one string literal that contains all the options
    for each module in the app. If there are many modules and/or
    many options specified for each module, the string literal will
    exceed the inherent character limit that Jython imposes
    (currently 32767 characters.)
    

Problem conclusion

  • Migration was adjusted to split the options literal into
    several separate literals and let Jython concatenate them
    together if they would otherwise be too long as one literal.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix packs 8.5.5.15 and 9.0.0.11.  Please refer to the
    Recommended Updates page for delivery information:
    http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=180&uid=swg27004980
    

Temporary fix

  • The scripts can be manually edited to insert a single quote,
    then a plus sign, then a single quote somewhere in the middle
    of the literal, which will turn the one string into two that
    are concatenated. Note that if one or both of the resulting
    two literals are still over the limit, they must be split up
    in the same way until all literals are less than the limit
    (currently 32767 characters.)
    

Comments

APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PH06941

  • Reported component name

    WEBS APP SERV N

  • Reported component ID

    5724H8800

  • Reported release

    850

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt / Xsystem

  • Submitted date

    2019-01-04

  • Closed date

    2019-01-31

  • Last modified date

    2019-01-31

  • 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



Document information

More support for: WebSphere Application Server
General

Software version: 850

Reference #: PH06941

Modified date: 31 January 2019