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JSF: NullPointerException at FacesServlet.init line 144 / Can’t parse faces-config.xml – SocketException

Posted by Jakub Holý on February 13, 2009


When deploying JSF 1.1 application to WebSphere 6.0 I got the following not much helpful exception:

at javax.faces.webapp.FacesServlet.init(

Checking SystemErr.log revealed the following explanation:

javax.faces.FacesException: Can't parse configuration file:file:/usr/WebSphere/AppServer/profiles/profileNode1/installedApps/
Caused by: Connection timed out:could be due to invalid address

The explanation is that the XML parser cannot access referenced from the config file, presumabely due to firewall setup.

I should say that I’ve  jsf-api.jar and jsf-impl.jar in the webapp.


The solution is either to provide the DTD locally or perhaps to remove the <!DOCTYPE ..> declaration from the file. I’ve

1. downloaded the dtd and put it to WEB-INF/web-facesconfig_1_1.dtd and

2. modified the doctype declaration as follows:

<!DOCTYPE faces-config SYSTEM "web-facesconfig_1_1.dtd">

Voila, few hours of wasted time and problem is solved. I wish the responsible developer has thought a bit more.

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