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ERROR in log: RecordFormatException: Unable to construct

Question asked by isaac737 on Jul 7, 2010
Latest reply on Jul 7, 2010 by isaac737
Howdy all,

Well we have successfully migrated alf_data from the local Red Hat Enterprise 5 server running Alfresco Community 3.0!

Yee haw…  :D  it was a bit painful but Alfresco is back up and the Content Store has plenty of room now.

However, we are seeing a few of these errors in our alfresco.log file:

:?:

[Wed Jul 07 | root@babbage:~]$ tail -f /usr/share/apache-tomcat-6.0.20/bin/alfresco.log
12:06:27,664 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance
12:06:30,428 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance
12:06:31,523 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance
12:06:31,618 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance
12:06:33,144 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance
12:06:33,978 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance
12:06:35,090 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance
12:06:38,615 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance
12:14:37,784 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance
12:14:39,248 ERROR [org.alfresco.repo.content.transform.PoiHssfContentTransformer] org.apache.poi.hssf.record.RecordFormatException: Unable to construct record instance

They have happened 214 times since the server fired up about 3 hours ago:

[Wed Jul 07 | root@babbage:~]$ grep PoiHssfContentTransformer /usr/share/apache-tomcat-6.0.20/bin/alfresco.log | wc -l
214
[Wed Jul 07 | root@babbage:~]$

I guess our questions are what exactly are these?  Do we need to worry about them and will they somehow corrupt our Alfresco Document Repository? 

We did some research and they appear to be some sort of background process that Alfresco runs periodically to transform docs to other formats?  But why would Alfresco be doing this?  We want a .PDF to stay a .PDF and and .XLS to stay an .XLS

Any help you guys could provide would be MUCH appreciated as this has been somewhat StResSSFuL. 

Thanks a ton.

Cheers,
jg

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