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PI81329: NCSA ACCESS LOGS %B OPTION OUTPUT DISPLAYS "-" INSTEAD OF THE SIZE OF THE RESPONSE IN BYTES

Fixes are available

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
17.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 17.0.0.3
17.0.0.4: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 17.0.0.4
18.0.0.1: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 18.0.0.1
18.0.0.2: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 18.0.0.2
9.0.0.8: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 8
8.5.5.14: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 14
9.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 9
18.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 18.0.0.3
9.0.0.10: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 10
18.0.0.4: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 18.0.0.4
19.0.0.1: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.1
8.5.5.15: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 15
19.0.0.2: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.2
19.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.3
9.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server traditional V9.0 Fix Pack 11
19.0.0.4: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.4
19.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.5
9.0.5.0: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Refresh Pack
19.0.0.6: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.6
19.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.7
19.0.0.8: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.8
9.0.5.1: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 1
19.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.9
19.0.0.10: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.10
19.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.11
9.0.5.2: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 2
19.0.0.12: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 19.0.0.12
20.0.0.1: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.1
20.0.0.2: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.2
8.5.5.17: WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Fix Pack 17
9.0.5.3: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 3
20.0.0.3: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.3
20.0.0.4: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.4
20.0.0.5: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.5
20.0.0.6: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.6
9.0.5.4: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 4
20.0.0.7: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.7
20.0.0.8: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.8
9.0.5.5: WebSphere Application Server traditional Version 9.0.5 Fix Pack 5
20.0.0.9: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.9
20.0.0.10: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.10
20.0.0.11: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.11
20.0.0.12: WebSphere Application Server Liberty 20.0.0.12
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

  • NCSA access logs %b option output displays as "-" instead of the
    size of the response in bytes.
    

Local fix

Problem summary

  • ****************************************************************
    * USERS AFFECTED:  IBM WebSphere Application Server Version    *
    *                  8.5.5,                                      *
    *                  9.0, and Liberty Full Profile users of the  *
    *                  National Center for Supercomputing          *
    *                  Applications                                *
    *                  (NCSA) Access Log                           *
    ****************************************************************
    * PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: The NCSA access data log's %b and %B    *
    *                      may                                     *
    *                      return the incorrect response body      *
    *                      size.                                   *
    ****************************************************************
    * RECOMMENDATION:                                              *
    ****************************************************************
    The %b and %B directives utilize the content-length header, if
    present, to log the response body size. When this header is not
    present, the directives use the HTTP Channel to determine how
    many bytes were written out for the response's body. However,
    this approach could erroneously report response sizes in cases
    where there was no body sent on the response. An example of this
    can be seen in HEAD requests, which could have a content-length
    header set and, by specification, will not return a body on the
    response. While the expected result should read "-" on %b and
    "0"
    on %B, they would both log the content-length header value.
    Additionally, both directives have a problem regarding chunked
    encoded responses. In these cases, both directives will
    currently
    log "-".
    

Problem conclusion

  • The HTTP Channel was modified to correctly track the amount of
    bytes written by all responses. The NCSA log's %b and %B
    directives were modified to use this HTTP Channel change to
    correctly report response sizes.
    
    The fix for this APAR is currently targeted for inclusion in
    fix packs 8.5.5.13, 9.0.0.6, 17.0.0.3.  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

    PI81329

  • 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

    2017-05-09

  • Closed date

    2017-09-14

  • Last modified date

    2017-09-14

  • 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

  • R850 PSY

       UP

  • R900 PSY

       UP

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Document Information

Modified date:
16 June 2021