Why do i get java.lang.ClassCastException: org.apache.xerces.parsers.XIncludeAwareParserConfiguration in AS-5

Problem

 

When deploying your application in AS-5, you might see exception similar to this:

 

16:05:36,907 ERROR [JBossContextConfig] XML error parsing: context.xml

org.jboss.xb.binding.JBossXBRuntimeException: Failed to create a new SAX parser

     at org.jboss.xb.binding.UnmarshallerFactory$UnmarshallerFactoryImpl.newUnmarshaller(UnmarshallerFactory.java:100)

     at org.jboss.web.tomcat.service.deployers.JBossContextConfig.processContextConfig(JBossContextConfig.java:552)

     at org.jboss.web.tomcat.service.deployers.JBossContextConfig.init(JBossContextConfig.java:538)

     at org.apache.catalina.startup.ContextConfig.lifecycleEvent(ContextConfig.java:279)

     at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleSupport.fireLifecycleEvent(LifecycleSupport.java:117)

     at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.init(StandardContext.java:5436)

     at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.start(StandardContext.java:4148)

     at org.jboss.web.tomcat.service.deployers.TomcatDeployment.performDeployInternal(TomcatDeployment.java:367)

     at org.jboss.web.tomcat.service.deployers.TomcatDeployment.performDeploy(TomcatDeployment.java:146)

     at org.jboss.web.deployers.AbstractWarDeployment.start(AbstractWarDeployment.java:460)

     at org.jboss.web.deployers.WebModule.startModule(WebModule.java:118)

     at org.jboss.web.deployers.WebModule.start(WebModule.java:96)

     at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)

     at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:39)

     at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:25)

     at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:585)

     at org.jboss.mx.interceptor.ReflectedDispatcher.invoke(ReflectedDispatcher.java:157)

     at org.jboss.mx.server.Invocation.dispatch(Invocation.java:96)

     at org.jboss.mx.server.Invocation.invoke(Invocation.java:88)

     at org.jboss.mx.server.AbstractMBeanInvoker.invoke(AbstractMBeanInvoker.java:264)

     at org.jboss.mx.server.MBeanServerImpl.invoke(MBeanServerImpl.java:668)

     at org.jboss.system.microcontainer.ServiceProxy.invoke(ServiceProxy.java:206)

     at $Proxy36.start(Unknown Source)

     at org.jboss.system.microcontainer.StartStopLifecycleAction.installAction(StartStopLifecycleAction.java:42)

     at org.jboss.system.microcontainer.StartStopLifecycleAction.installAction(StartStopLifecycleAction.java:37)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.action.SimpleControllerContextAction.simpleInstallAction(SimpleControllerContextAction.java:62)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.action.AccessControllerContextAction.install(AccessControllerContextAction.java:71)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractControllerContextActions.install(AbstractControllerContextActions.java:51)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractControllerContext.install(AbstractControllerContext.java:348)

     at org.jboss.system.microcontainer.ServiceControllerContext.install(ServiceControllerContext.java:286)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.install(AbstractController.java:1598)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.incrementState(AbstractController.java:934)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.resolveContexts(AbstractController.java:1062)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.resolveContexts(AbstractController.java:984)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.change(AbstractController.java:822)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.change(AbstractController.java:553)

     at org.jboss.system.ServiceController.doChange(ServiceController.java:688)

     at org.jboss.system.ServiceController.start(ServiceController.java:460)

     at org.jboss.system.deployers.ServiceDeployer.start(ServiceDeployer.java:146)

     at org.jboss.system.deployers.ServiceDeployer.deploy(ServiceDeployer.java:104)

     at org.jboss.system.deployers.ServiceDeployer.deploy(ServiceDeployer.java:45)

     at org.jboss.deployers.spi.deployer.helpers.AbstractSimpleRealDeployer.internalDeploy(AbstractSimpleRealDeployer.java:62)

     at org.jboss.deployers.spi.deployer.helpers.AbstractRealDeployer.deploy(AbstractRealDeployer.java:50)

     at org.jboss.deployers.plugins.deployers.DeployerWrapper.deploy(DeployerWrapper.java:171)

     at org.jboss.deployers.plugins.deployers.DeployersImpl.doDeploy(DeployersImpl.java:1439)

     at org.jboss.deployers.plugins.deployers.DeployersImpl.doInstallParentFirst(DeployersImpl.java:1157)

     at org.jboss.deployers.plugins.deployers.DeployersImpl.doInstallParentFirst(DeployersImpl.java:1178)

     at org.jboss.deployers.plugins.deployers.DeployersImpl.install(DeployersImpl.java:1098)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractControllerContext.install(AbstractControllerContext.java:348)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.install(AbstractController.java:1598)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.incrementState(AbstractController.java:934)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.resolveContexts(AbstractController.java:1062)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.resolveContexts(AbstractController.java:984)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.change(AbstractController.java:822)

     at org.jboss.dependency.plugins.AbstractController.change(AbstractController.java:553)

     at org.jboss.deployers.plugins.deployers.DeployersImpl.process(DeployersImpl.java:781)

     at org.jboss.deployers.plugins.main.MainDeployerImpl.process(MainDeployerImpl.java:545)

     at org.jboss.system.server.profileservice.ProfileServiceBootstrap.loadProfile(ProfileServiceBootstrap.java:304)

     at org.jboss.system.server.profileservice.ProfileServiceBootstrap.start(ProfileServiceBootstrap.java:205)

     at org.jboss.bootstrap.AbstractServerImpl.start(AbstractServerImpl.java:405)

     at org.jboss.Main.boot(Main.java:209)

     at org.jboss.Main$1.run(Main.java:547)

     at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:595)

Caused by: org.jboss.xb.binding.JBossXBException: Failed to create a new SAX parser

     at org.jboss.xb.binding.parser.sax.SaxJBossXBParser.(SaxJBossXBParser.java:97)

     at org.jboss.xb.binding.UnmarshallerImpl.(UnmarshallerImpl.java:56)

     at org.jboss.xb.binding.UnmarshallerFactory$UnmarshallerFactoryImpl.newUnmarshaller(UnmarshallerFactory.java:96)

     ... 62 more

Caused by: java.lang.ClassCastException: org.apache.xerces.parsers.XIncludeAwareParserConfiguration

     at org.apache.xerces.parsers.SAXParser.(Unknown Source)

     at org.apache.xerces.parsers.SAXParser.(Unknown Source)

     at org.apache.xerces.jaxp.SAXParserImpl$JAXPSAXParser.(Unknown Source)

     at org.apache.xerces.jaxp.SAXParserImpl.(Unknown Source)

     at org.apache.xerces.jaxp.SAXParserFactoryImpl.newSAXParser(Unknown Source)

     at org.jboss.xb.binding.parser.sax.SaxJBossXBParser.(SaxJBossXBParser.java:92)

     ... 64 more

 

 

Cause:

 

You are probably packaging xerces related jar(s) (ex: xercesImpl.jar) in your application. JBoss AS ships the xerces related jar in its JBOSS_HOME/lib/endorsed folder. If your application packages this jar then it leads to a classlaoder issue ultimately resulting in the ClassCastException

 

Workaround:

 

- Remove the xerces related jar file(s) from your application packaging

 

Why can't i scope my application for classloading so that i can ship a different version of xercesImpl?

 

Instead of removing the xerces jar file from your application, you could probably have setup classloader isolation for your application. But that does not work with xerces jars.It's because of this bug https://jira.jboss.org/jira/browse/JBAS-7210

 

 

Forum references

 

More discussion about this is here in these forum threads

 

http://www.jboss.org/index.html?module=bb&op=viewtopic&t=158645

http://www.jboss.org/index.html?module=bb&op=viewtopic&t=159953