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PI38545: MESSAGE "MANIFEST.XML FILE IS MISSING FOR APPX APPLICATION FILE"WHEN UPLOADING APPX FILE TO IBM APPLICATION CENTER

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • Uploading an appx file to IBM Application Center may produce the
    error message "Manifest.xml file is missing for appx application
    file".
    The error message is misleading since the appx file contains
    correctly the AppxManifest.xml.
    
    Windows store appx files use the zip archive format to contain
    its contents. The zip format exists as 32 bit format, but there
    is also an extension named Zip64 for very large files. The
    problem occurs only with Zip64 format, if the AppxManifest.xml
    file is one of the last files in the archive. The typical
    command to create such an appx file with Visual Studio is
    
    msbuild MyProj.jsproj /p:Configuration=Release;Platform=x64
    /t:Clean;Build /target:publish
    

Local fix

  • Unzip the appx file and rezip it so that the AppxManifest.xml is
    the first file in the archive solves the problem.
    

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:                                              *
    * Users of IBM Application Center uploading Windows Store appx *
    * files                                                        *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION:                                         *
    * An appx file must contain a manifest named AppxManifest.xml. *
    * This file is sometimes not recognized even though it is      *
    * present in the appx file.  Uploading the appx file to IBM    *
    * Application Center then produces an error message            *
    * "Manifest.xml file is missing for appx application file".    *
    *                                                              *
    * The problem occurs only in large appx files that contain     *
    * thousands of files and are packed with Zip64 format instead  *
    * of the standard zip 32 bit format, if the AppxManifest.xml   *
    * file is one of the last files in the zip.                    *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    * -                                                            *
    ****************************************************************
    

Problem conclusion

  • The problem was caused by a limitation of the library that reads
    the zip format. This limitation has been fixed by using a
    different API for reading the zip format.
    

Temporary fix

Comments

APAR Information

  • APAR number

    PI38545

  • Reported component name

    WL/MFPF CONSUME

  • Reported component ID

    5725I4301

  • Reported release

    630

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt

  • Submitted date

    2015-04-07

  • Closed date

    2015-04-07

  • Last modified date

    2015-04-07

  • 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

    WL/MFPF CONSUME

  • Fixed component ID

    5725I4301

Applicable component levels

  • R630 PSY

       UP

  • R700 PSY

       UP

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Document Information

Modified date:
15 October 2021