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From "Andy Stevens (JIRA)" <>
Subject [Roller-JIRA] Created: (ROL-1467) Roller web app won't start on Websphere 5.1
Date Wed, 04 Jul 2007 16:49:30 GMT
Roller web app won't start on Websphere 5.1

                 Key: ROL-1467
             Project: Roller
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Installation
    Affects Versions: 3.1
         Environment: WebSphere Platform 5.1 [BASE b0344.02] [ND b0344.02]

            Reporter: Andy Stevens
            Assignee: Roller Unassigned

I downloaded the Roller 3.1 binaries zip, and the extra jars from the site. 
Because Websphere is only Servlet 2.3, I edited the web.xml (added the appropriate DOCTYPE,
removed the namespace from the webapp element, removed the dispatcher elements from the filter
mappings so that the file validates okay and uncommented the mail session resource ref). 
Following the instructions in the installation guide, I've created a
(with appropriate hibernate.dialect, uploads.dir and search.index.dir) in WEB-INF/classes
and used "jar cvf" to create a .war file.  I set up a MySQL database and created server resources
for the datasource and mail session ("Test Connection" succeeds for the datasource).

I've installed the war file as an application in Websphere 5.1, mapped the resources to the
references, chose the appropriate server & virtual host mappings, saved, synchronised
the nodes and restarted the server.  However, during startup the roller application refuses
to start, producing the messages:

ApplicationMg A WSVR0200I: Starting application: roller
WebContainer  A SRVE0169I: Loading Web Module: Roller Weblogger.
WebGroup      E SRVE0054E: An error occurred while loading Web application
DeployedAppli W WSVR0206E: Module, roller.war, of application, roller.ear/deployments/roller,
failed to start
ApplicationMg W WSVR0101W: An error occurred starting, roller
ApplicationMg A WSVR0217I: Stopping application: roller
ApplicationMg A WSVR0220I: Application stopped: roller

So I tried installing the app into Tomcat (5.5.17, bundled with Netbeans 5.5) instead, and
it started up just fine.

Searching the web, I found some articles Jeff Chilton wrote (
about his problems installing an earlier version of Roller into WSAD (this was back
in Nov '04).  His symptoms seemed to be the same (i.e. the above messages), so guided by his
investigations I tried removing the roller-web.jar from WEB-INF/lib.  The application did
then succeed in starting, though it complained loudly about all the missing servlets etc.
 But the last line it outputs is

ApplicationMg A WSVR0221I: Application started: roller

which at least appears to rule out a problem with the deployment descriptor.
I tried commenting out the various parts of the deployment descriptor (servlets & mappings,
filters & mappings, listeners), but it still wouldn't start.  The only thing that lets
it start up is removing that jar file.

Any ideas what else I can do to get it running, or where I should start looking in the code
to try & figure it out?

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