Payara Platform Deployment Issues? Try Switching Off XML Validation

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During deployment of Jakarta EE applications to the Payara Server, all the xml files (e.g. web.xml, persinstence.xml) are verified against its schema.

Payara Platform includes all standard Jakarta EE schema, so there is typically no reason to download external schema to check against xml files. However, if the application uses external schema, in very rare cases, there may be an error during deployment. In this blog, I describe a quick fix to avoid this. 

If the application uses external schema, they need to be downloaded. The parser is robust for cases when the schema is not available; for example if the file is not present on the server or the server doesn't respond. Verification is simply skipped and deployment continues.

In very rare cases, the server responds, but provides an unexpected file. Some servers, in the case of abnormal errors (e.g. during DDOS attack), return an error page with an explanation of what's wrong. This is often in form of XTHML, e.g. they are recognized as XML files, processed as schemas, verification immediately ends with error and the deployment is canceled: org.xml.sax.SAXParseException publicId:; lineNumber: 1; columnNumber: 57; Deployment descriptor file META-INF/persistence.xml in archive [classes]. s4s-elt-character: Non-whitespace characters are not allowed in schema elements other than 'xs:appinfo' and 'xs:documentation'. Saw 'Oracle Access Manager Operation Error'.

In this rare case, it is possible to switch off the validation of XML files during deployment. It can be easily done by asadmin command:

./asadmin set configs.config.server-config.admin-service.das-config.deploy-xml-validation=none

When the temporal problem is solved, the server can be returned to its original state, validating fully:

./asadmin set configs.config.server-config.admin-service.das-config.deploy-xml-validation=full

And that's it - your deployment issue should be fixed!


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