Glassfish v3 in an (opensolaris) zone interesting error and solution

After the installation of Glassfish v3 in an opensolaris zone, Derby booted perfectly, but Glassfish v3 threw this interesting exception:

Waiting for DAS to start ..Error starting domain: domain1.

The server exited prematurely with exit code 6.

Before it died, it produced the following output:

UTF ERROR ["../../../src/solaris/instrument/EncodingSupport_md.c":66]: Failed to complete 

iconv_open() setup

A zone is a lean, isolated kernel with only the essential stuff. It comes without any language and encoding support. The remedy for this problem is the installation of the package (SUNWlang-enUS) with: pkg install SUNWlang-enUS, and setting the preferred language in the .profile to e.g. export LANG=en_US.UTF-8 (thanks Manfred Riem for this hint).

Zones are really interesting for configuration and isolation. They are pretty fast as well. Booting a zone is almost as fast, as deployment of a Java EE 6 application :-) -> on my machine it takes <1 second.

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where can i get the package????
not able to find it on net and also please provide the complete steps to fix this issue

Posted by vivek on January 21, 2011 at 05:29 PM CET #


sorry - but I don't run solaris any more, so I won't be able to re-produce your problem,


Posted by on January 21, 2011 at 07:45 PM CET #

@vivek On Solaris Express and opensolaris it should be the same. After you unzip and run glassfish you may have to add your solaris pkg repo back. I did:

# pkg set-publisher -O solaris


# pkg install --accept SUNWlang-enUS


Posted by Scott on April 02, 2011 at 02:54 AM CEST #

In the end I copied the entire usr lib iconv direcotry from the global zone to the non global and that worked out.

Posted by Scott on April 04, 2011 at 08:57 PM CEST #

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