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PI68911: NULLPOINTEREXCEPTION IN COM.IBM.EJS.RAS.TR.FORMATOBJ USING TRACE IN THIN CLIENT

Fixes are available

9.0.0.2: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 2
8.5.5.11: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 11
9.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 3
8.0.0.13: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 13
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8.5.5.12: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 12
9.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 5
8.0.0.14: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 14
9.0.0.6: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 6
8.5.5.13: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 13
9.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 7
8.0.0.15: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Fix Pack 15
9.0.0.8: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 8
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9.0.0.10: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 10
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9.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 11
9.0.5.0: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Refresh Pack
9.0.5.1: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 1
9.0.5.2: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 2
8.5.5.17: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 17
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9.0.5.4: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 4
9.0.5.5: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 5
9.0.5.6: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 6

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APAR status

  • Closed as program error.

Error description

  • NullPointerException in com.ibm.ejs.ras.Tr.formatObj using
    trace in thin client if a null message String is used.
    
    An example partial stack for the exception is shown below:
    
    Caused by: java.lang.NullPointerException2016-08-08
    20:31:26.715 [TID-67f]
    at
    java.lang.StringBuilder.<init>(StringBuilder.java:77)2016-08-08
    20:31:26.715 [TID-67f]
    at com.ibm.ejs.ras.Tr.formatObj(Tr.java:929)2016-08-08
    20:31:26.715 [TID-67f]
    ...
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  WebSphere Application Server users of       *
    *                  trace in the thin client                    *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: NullPointerException occurs in the      *
    *                      thin client if the message value is     *
    *                      null                                    *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    The thin client version of com.ibm.ejs.ras.Tr does not check
    for
    a null value for the message and results in a
    NullPointerException.
    

Problem conclusion

  • The programming error was fixed so that if a null message is
    specified when using thin client trace, the trace entry is
    generated with an empty value for the message and a
    NullPointerException does not occur.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix packs 8.0.0.13, 8.5.5.11 and 9.0.0.2.  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

    PI68911

  • Reported component name

    WEBSPHERE APP S

  • Reported component ID

    5724J0800

  • Reported release

    800

  • Status

    CLOSED PER

  • PE

    NoPE

  • HIPER

    NoHIPER

  • Special Attention

    NoSpecatt / Xsystem

  • Submitted date

    2016-09-12

  • Closed date

    2016-11-15

  • Last modified date

    2016-11-15

  • 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 APP S

  • Fixed component ID

    5724J0800

Applicable component levels

  • R800 PSY

       UP

  • R850 PSY

       UP

  • R900 PSY

       UP

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Document Information

Modified date:
18 October 2021