OBIEE 12c Catalog Manager XML Search/Replace functionality failed With Java.lang.NullPointerException

(Doc ID 2247679.1)

Last updated on JUNE 16, 2017

Applies to:

Business Intelligence Server Enterprise Edition - Version to [Release 12c]
Information in this document applies to any platform.


On Oracle Business Intelligence OBIEE12c (, versions

when trying to change XML code of the report in the catalog manager by going to Tool>  XML Search/Replace functionality  catalog manager is throwing a "java.lang.NullPointerException" error.


1. Run the runcat.cmd command
2. Open the catalog in online/Offline  Mode.
3. Locate report where you wanted to change the XML code.
Ex : /shared/Sample Lite/Sample Reports/XXXX
4. Menu Option:
  Tools -> XML Search and Replace
Old text       : movecolumns="true" sortcolumns="true"
5.Replace with : movecolumns="false" sortcolumns="false" OK
7.Results in error:

'XML Search/Replace' has encountered a problem.

An internal error occurred during: 'XMLSearch/Replace'.
Click OK and you see:



 Upgraded to OBIEE


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