4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 3, 2006 1:06 AM by Jed Danner

    ClassLoader issue with jBPM and EJB3+EAR deployment?

    Scott McNab Newbie

      I am relatively to JBoss/jBPM but have been having good sucess with it so far. However I have just hit a problem that has had me stumped for the better part of a day now.

      I am using:

      - jboss-EJB-3.0_RC5-PFD
      - jbpm-3.1
      - jboss-4.0.4RC1

      Most of it works fine, except I am having trouble with the execution of a jBPM process invoked from a @Stateless session bean.

      I have a process definition deployed into my database that I can successfully invoke from a method in the stateless session bean. However if I attempt to trigger a custom ActionHandler from the process, jBPM complains that it cannot find the action handler class.

      Here is an extract of my processdefinition.xml file:

       <start-state name="start">
       <transition name="" to="Invoke Call"></transition>
       <state name="Invoke Call">
       <event type="node-enter">
       <action name="createCall" config-type="field" class="com.vieo.ccs.process.actions.CreateCallActionHandler" />
       <transition name="ACTIVE" to="Setup Success"></transition>

      The exception I am getting is as follows:

      18:30:00,156 ERROR [GraphElement] action threw exception: couldn't get value for file 'classes/com/vieo/ccs/process/actions/CreateCallActionHandler.class' org.jbpm.JbpmException: couldn't get value for file 'classes/com/vieo/ccs/process/actions/CreateCallActionHandler.class'
      at org.jbpm.file.def.FileDefinition.getBytes(FileDefinition.java:186)
      at org.jbpm.instantiation.ProcessClassLoader.findClass(ProcessClassLoader.java:55)
      at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:306)
      at java.lang.ClassLoader.loadClass(ClassLoader.java:251)
      at org.jbpm.instantiation.Delegation.instantiate(Delegation.java:140)
      at org.jbpm.instantiation.Delegation.getInstance(Delegation.java:125)
      at org.jbpm.instantiation.Delegation$$FastClassByCGLIB$$6bae1598.invoke(<generated>)
      at net.sf.cglib.proxy.MethodProxy.invoke(MethodProxy.java:149)
      at org.hibernate.proxy.CGLIBLazyInitializer.intercept(CGLIBLazyInitializer.java:161)
      at org.jbpm.instantiation.Delegation$$EnhancerByCGLIB$$1e6cb7ea.getInstance(<generated>)
      at org.jbpm.graph.def.Action.execute(Action.java:122)
      at org.jbpm.graph.def.GraphElement.executeAction(GraphElement.java:235)
      at org.jbpm.graph.def.GraphElement.executeActions(GraphElement.java:212)
      <stuff cut>
      Caused by: org.jbpm.JbpmException: file 'classes/com/vieo/ccs/process/actions/CreateCallActionHandler.class' not found in db
      <more stuff cut>
      18:30:00,156 ERROR [StartProcessActionHandlerBean] JBPMException: org.jbpm.graph.def.DelegationException

      Now, to me this looks like jBPM cannot find my ActionHandler class (com.vieo.ccs.process.actions.CreateCallActionHandler) so I wrote a little bit of code in my stateless session bean to test it:

       try {
       ClassLoader classloader = this.getClass().getClassLoader();
       Class systemC = classloader.loadClass("com.vieo.ccs.process.actions.CreateCallActionHandler");
       logger.info("Loaded system class: " + systemC);
       } catch (ClassNotFoundException e) {
       logger.error("Error system class loader! : " + e);
       try {
       // Test org.jbpm.util.ClassLoaderUtil
       Class jbpmC = ClassLoaderUtil.loadClass("com.vieo.ccs.process.actions.CreateCallActionHandler");
       if( jbpmC != null ) {
       logger.info("Loaded jbpm class: " + jbpmC);
       } else {
       logger.info("Loaded jbpm class: null");
       } catch (JbpmException e) {
       logger.error("Error jbpm class loader! : " + e);

      And sure enough, I can successfully access this class from my code, but for some reason if I use the jBPM ClassLoader then it cannot be found!

      Here is the output:

      18:30:00,109 INFO [StartProcessActionHandlerBean] Loaded system class: class com.vieo.ccs.process.actions.CreateCallActionHandler
      18:30:00,125 ERROR [StartProcessActionHandlerBean] Error jbpm class loader! : org.jbpm.JbpmException: class not found 'com.vieo.ccs.process.actions.CreateCallActionHandler'

      My understanding is that, for some reason, jBPM cannot access my classes (which are currently deployed as a .jar within my .ear package).

      How do I make the classes in my .ear visible to the installed jBPM instance? (jBPM was installed using 'ant -f build.deploy.xml create.jbpm.configuration' and I'm using the jbpm JBoss configuration).

      Thanks for your help!