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PI26083: ATTEMPTS TO USE EDIT OR CREATE TEST DATA WITH MORE THAN 256 TAGS FAIL WITHOUT WARNING

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • If you try to use Edit or Create Test Data in Test Factory on a
    stub that has a very large number of tags it does not complete
    the wizard or create a file.
    
    STEPS TO REPRODUCE:
    
    1. Go to Test Factory and right-click on the stub that contains
    more than 256 tags, click Edit or Create Test Data.
    
    2. Choose a file name and click Next.
    
    3. Select all tags in the Select Tags page.  Click Next.
    
    4. Click Next and Finish
    
    EXPECTED RESULTS:
    
    The wizard window closes.
    The chosen Excel file is created with a column for each tag.
    
    ACTUAL RESULTS:
    
    The wizard window remains open.
    You can go backwards in the wizard screens and close the window.
    No Excel file is created.
    
    If you click Help > About > JVM Console you see the following
    JVM error:
    
    java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Invalid column index (256).
    Allowable column range for BIFF8 is (0..255) or ('A'..'IV')
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:                                              *
    * All users of Rational Integration Tester working with Excel  *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION:                                         *
    * Due to a limitation in the .xls Microsoft Excel file format, *
    * the maximum number of columns in an Excel data set supported *
    * by Rational Integration Tester was 255.  However, if a test  *
    * had more than than 255 tags RIT would still attempt to       *
    * create a Excel data set which could not support this many    *
    * tags.  An error would be seen in the JVM log saying          *
    * "java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Invalid column index    *
    * (256).  Allowable column range for BIFF8 is (0..255) or      *
    * ('A'..'IV')"                                                 *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    

Problem conclusion

  • From version 8.7.0 if the number of tags/columns exceeds 255,
    Rational Integration Tester creates a file with an xlsx
    extension, which can support up to 16384 columns of data.
    

Temporary fix

Comments

APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PI26083

  • Reported component name

    RATL INTEGRA TE

  • Reported component ID

    5725G79IT

  • Reported release

    850

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2014-09-19

  • Closed date

    2015-04-12

  • Last modified date

    2015-04-12

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Fix information

  • Fixed component name

    RATL INTEGRA TE

  • Fixed component ID

    5725G79IT

Applicable component levels

  • R850 PSN

       UP

  • R851 PSN

       UP

  • R860 PSN

       UP

  • R870 PSY

       UP



Document information

More support for: Rational Test Workbench

Software version: 8.5

Reference #: PI26083

Modified date: 12 April 2015