12 Replies Latest reply on Jan 8, 2004 4:14 PM by Jared Rodriguez

    Redeployment Class Cast Exception

    Roger Newbie

      I am running JBoss 3.0.2 on Redhat Linux 7.2, with j2sdk 1.4. There is currently a problem with deployment of my application. When JBoss is started up and the application already deployed, the application runs correctly. However, if it is then undeployed and redeployed a Class Cast Exception occurs the first time the code attempts to create an EJB object. (It happens to be a stateful session EJB, but I think the error would occur whatever EJB is to be instantiated.) The error does not occur unless the application EJBs are instantiated when the application is first run. (That is if the application is run to the point just before the EJBs are instantiated and then undeployed and redeployed no error occurs.) This makes me think that the error is related to serialization and/or passivation in some way. I also think the error is related to subclassing of the EJBs. Alternatively, could it be related to class loading in some way? I have tried altering the MANIFEST.MF files, but the changes I made had no effect. Or could it be a bug in JBoss?

      I have two specific questions at this time. Firstly, please, could someone tell me the correct way to implement subclassing for session EJBs? I have not been able to find the information in the EJB 2.0 spec (but that may be because I have missed it.) Secondly, could someone please give me an indication of where to look for the cause of this problem? I have been struggling with this problem for over a week now and have run out of ideas as to where to look or what to do.

      Thanks in anticipaiton

        • 1. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
          Roger Newbie

          I found when the JDK was changed from 1.4.0, as above to 1.3.1_06 the problem disappeared. Surely this points to a bug in JBoss 3.0.2 or an incompatibility between it and JDK 1.4.0?

          Can someone clarify please?

          I would still appreciate some clarification about subclassing EJBs, particularly subclassing of home and local home interfaces. Is it permissible to subclass home and local home interfaces under the EJB 2.0 spec?

          Thanks in anticipation

          • 2. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
            Adrian Brock Master

            Yes, it is permissible.

            Your CCE is probably due to one of two problems.
            1) You are still referencing an old class after a
            redeployment, e.g. you have separate wars and ejb jars
            but you only redeploy the ejb. The war has an old
            class reference.
            2) You have a jndi.properties somewhere and are
            using PortableRemoteObject.narrow for a "local"
            invocation. The 1.4 version of PortableRemoteObject
            caches class instances (breaking hot deployment).
            This is only a problem with the jndi.properties causing
            the request to go over rmi.


            • 3. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
              Roger Newbie

              Thank you for your response Adrian.

              Concerning the CCE:

              With respect to 1) above, I do have one WAR that stores references to EJBs and there are two JARs in my application, but WAR and JARs are packaged in one EAR, so I presume that the scenario of 1) above cannot occur. Is that correct?

              Point 2) above seems to fit the symptoms better. I have a jndi.properties file in the default/conf directory (and it is the default server that is being used), but it has only the default settings in it, I have not modified it at all. Also JBoss, the database, the application and the JVM are all on the same machine at present. And within the application there is one remote interface that is invoked using the PortableRemoteObject, which is where the CCE occurred. However, there is one point that I do not understand, and that is the CCE occurred even when the remote interface was replaced with a local one and the PortableRemoteObject not used. Does that make any sense to you?

              Thanks and regards

              • 4. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
                Adrian Brock Master

                No it does not.

                The jndi.properties in default/conf does not use RMI
                and so cannot hit the PortableRemoteObject.narrow cache.

                Can you try it with 3.0.4?
                I know from my own experience there was a bug in
                Jetty for 3.0.2 relating to WEB-INF/lib (although
                not this exact problem).

                If you are redeploying a new class and
                everything that references the class you should not
                get CCE.


                • 5. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
                  Roger Newbie

                  Thanks for your reply.

                  Previously I had downloaded 3.0.4, as that was to be the next thing I tried after JDK 1.3.1, but I have put off going down that route as I am under pressure to complete my application development. However if it were important for you to know the result, I could try and find the time to test my application with 3.0.4.


                  • 6. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
                    Sandy Poole Newbie

                    I am getting the same Class Cast Exception.

                    I am using JDK 1.4 and have tried various combinations of JBoss and Tomcat and still get the problem. I too am using the default settings of the server and not going over RMI.

                    I have tried JBoss 3.0.4 with JDK 1.4 and the problem is still there.

                    • 7. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
                      Michael Olszynski Newbie

                      Same with me. I also get a class cast exception, when I try to "redeploy" during JBOSS is runnning. The first Time I call a method on my Session Bean I get a class cast exception.

                      I´ve got two jar files, one for my entity beans and one for my session beans.

                      My beans are working if I shutdown and then restart JBOSS.
                      I´m using J2SDK 1.4.1 and JBOSS 3.0.4

                      • 8. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
                        Adrian Brock Master

                        Hi Guys,

                        I've committed a fix for this in 3.0.5RC1
                        available from CVS

                        Despite the name of the class there is no jboss
                        specific code.


                        To use the class, put it in your JBOSS_CLASSPATH set by
                        run.sh/run.bat and add the following property

                        This does not solve the problem of classes from one jar
                        holding old references to a class from a redeployed jar.
                        Use a in jboss.xml to solve that problem.


                        • 9. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
                          Sandy Poole Newbie

                          I can't seem to get this file from CVS on SourceForge - Do I need to have some CVS client software running on my machine ?

                          Is there any way I can get hold of this file without using CVS ?


                          • 10. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
                            Sandy Poole Newbie

                            I'm still struggling with this Class Cast Exception. I don't have a jndi.properties file in the jar file with my EJB's and am using the default jndi.properties file from default/conf which doesn't use RMI.

                            The fix that's available on SourceForge is presumably only for calls going over RMI which mine are not.

                            This class cast exception only occurs after a hot deployment. Stopping the server and restarting it makes the CCE go away.

                            Can anyone help ?

                            • 11. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
                              Adrian Brock Master


                              This has been committed onto the main branch now
                              so it has moved out of the attic. Here is the
                              updated url.



                              • 12. Re: Redeployment Class Cast Exception
                                Jared Rodriguez Newbie

                                I am currently having this same CCE when a servlet attempts to gain a remote connection back to a redployed session bean. I am running J2SDK 1.4.2 and JBoss 3.2.3.

                                The scenario is a single .EAR file with a .WAR and a .JAR contained. It is a servlet in my .WAR that is attempting to access a remote in the .JAR. The first connect works just fine, then I redeploy the entire .EAR and get the CCE when I call

                                PortableRemoteObject.narrow(session_bean, home_class);

                                The previous messages in this thread pretty much describe the same problem, but where posted a long while ago and about an older version of JBoss. Is there any update or new information regarding this problem?