Solved: Jetty “null127.0.0.1” error

By Adrian Smith20 Nov 2008300 words1 mins to read

I have just spent an hour debugging the following problem. Suddenly my Jetty Java web server didn't work any more. Starting it claimed:

Starting Jetty: OK

Yet connecting to the port (telnet localhost 8080) showed that the port was not open. Looking in the logfile (/var/log/jetty6) showed the following error:

2008-11-20 12:08:47.477::WARN:
  failed SelectChannelConnector@null127.0.0.1:8080
Caused by: java.nio.channels.UnresolvedAddressException

That meant that the web server was unable to open the socket on port 8080.

Googling for this error showed only 1 result which lead to a 404. Javadocs and Jetty docs did not mention any problem like that.

Thankfully I had a working system to compare it with. The working system wrote in its logfile:

2008-11-03 13:34:41.283::INFO:
  Started SelectChannelConnector@

Notice the difference between (works) and null127.0.0.1 (doesn't work). It turned out that on the good system, the config file /etc/jetty6/jetty.xml had the line

<Set name="host"><SystemProperty name="" /></Set>

and the non-working system had:

<Set name="host"><SystemProperty name="" /></Set>

I have absolutely no idea how this non-working line came into the config. I didn't change it, and the operations department surely didn't change it either. I have absolutely no idea.

Why is Java so difficult !?

Jetty 6.1.11, Debian Etch, Linux 2.6.24, Sun Java 1.5

This article was written by Adrian Smith on 20 Nov 2008

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