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NullPointerException During Synchronization (SYNC029) (Doc ID 1227473.1)

Last updated on APRIL 29, 2024

Applies to:

Oracle GlassFish Server - Version 2.1 and later
Oracle Solaris on x86 (32-bit)
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on x86-64 (64-bit)
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (32-bit)
Generic Linux
IBM AIX on POWER Systems (32-bit)
IBM AIX on POWER Systems (64-bit)


While starting a server instance explicitly with the Admin Console or asadmin tool, the server instance synchronizes with the central repository, i.e. the domain server.

The synchronization process fails with a SEVERE error exception "java.lang.NullPointerException" in the server instance's server.log.

Note: The server instance does start successfully.

Detailed example of this error message with Sun Java Systems Application Server 8.1 UR2:


The problem is caused by differences in permissions in the ownership of the physical files in the installation, and the user id of the running processes.


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