Damn you, Jboss 5!

Hey there, Allan here.

Quick post for legacy projects:

So, some time ago I was  allocated at a legacy project that runs on Jboss 5.1. I’m not a huge fan of the early Jboss versions (jboss 5 and 6… jboss 4 is not that bad), mainly because of my previous experiences with these application servers.

I was “checkouting” (damn, that’s an ugly word!) the code and decided to download the Jboss version needed. So I went to Jboss Downloads and download the JBoss AS 5.1.0. Downloaded, put in my Tools folder and hit run.sh:


Failed to boot JBoss:
    java.lang.IllegalStateException: Incompletely deployed:

    *** DEPLOYMENTS IN ERROR: Name -> Error
    StandardBindings -> java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Wrong arguments. new for
     target java.lang.reflect.Constructor expected=[int] actual=[java.util.HashSet]

    *** DEPLOYMENTS MISSING DEPENDENCIES: Name -> Dependency{Required State:Actual S
    tate}
    ServiceBindingManager -> ServiceBindingStore{Installed:Instantiated}
    SystemPropertyBinder -> SystemPropertyBinder#1{Installed:Described}
    SystemPropertyBinder#1 -> ServiceBindingManager{Installed:Described}
    ServiceBindingStore -> StandardBindings{Installed:**ERROR**}

            at org.jboss.kernel.plugins.deployment.AbstractKernelDeployer.internalVa
    lidate(AbstractKernelDeployer.java:290)
            at org.jboss.kernel.plugins.deployment.AbstractKernelDeployer.validate(A
    bstractKernelDeployer.java:174)
            at org.jboss.bootstrap.microcontainer.ServerImpl.doStart(ServerImpl.java
    :148)
            at org.jboss.bootstrap.AbstractServerImpl.start(AbstractServerImpl.java:
    394)
            at org.jboss.Main.boot(Main.java:209)
            at org.jboss.Main$1.run(Main.java:547)
            at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)

It was a clean start, I didn’t even copied my .ear to the deployment folder. Just download and run and error 😦

The Solution

The Jboss folks were pretty lazy in that one: there is a known bug in Jboss 5, that makes it impossible to start it without, manually, correcting one of it’s xml files.

Inside the conf files, there is the profile.xml. Locate, inside it, the AttachmentStore bean and correct it, putting the class=java.io.File in the parameter tag, as shown bellow:

<bean name="AttachmentStore"  
class="org.jboss.system.server.profileservice.repository.AbstractAttachmentStore">
<constructor>
<parameter class="java.io.File">
<inject bean="BootstrapProfileFactory" property="attachmentStoreRoot" /></parameter></constructor>

Hope it helps 🙂

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