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RESTful webservices Fail

Question asked by carmoca on Jan 8, 2013
Latest reply on Jan 8, 2013 by klimperos
Thank you for reviewing my post. I'll get straight to the point.

I've tried this on three different installs/OSes:
Ubuntu 12.04lts (VM) (via Win7/VirtualBox)
Ubuntu 11.10    (VM) (via Win7/VirtualBox)
Ubuntu 12.04lts (baremetal)

System lineup for each install is as follows:
Activiti 5.11 (binary-That is, I did not build it.)
H2 DB (h2-1.3.170.jar)
Apache TOMCAT 7.0.34
JAVA 7 (openjdk1.7.0_09)
ANT 1.8.4 (Though I've not directly needed it)
SOAP UI 4.5.1

System Configuration:
I've extracted all the above to my home folder.

TOMCAT Config:
I added the role "manager-gui" and user "tomcat" with a role and a password to the TOMCAT config.
I copied the 'activiti-explorer.war' and 'activiti-rest.war' files (both manually and using the TOMCAT manager's "deploy" interface). Both methods yield the same webservice-result (discussed below).  After seeing that the activiti-explorer is running and activiti-rest webservice are NOT running (via TOMCAT /MANAGER page), I start the H2 DB.  THen validate that activiti-rest is running,

It's worth mentioning that I've also started the H2 DB first and THEN started TOMCAT; yet, I still get the same webservice-result (discussed below).

I open the Activiti-Explorer website and start the 'Vacation Request' process.  I fill in the form with a few days and a date as the form requires.  I then start the process and switch to the TASKs viewer to validate the process is started.

/home/virtualme/apache-tomcat-7.0.34/webapps/activiti-explorer/WEB-INF/activiti-standalone-context.xml War file (partial) config:

  <!– This Spring config file is NOT used in Alfresco, as the Activiti engine is wired in a different way there –>
  <bean id="demoDataGenerator" class="org.activiti.explorer.demo.DemoDataGenerator" init-method="init">
    <property name="processEngine" ref="processEngine" />
    <property name="createDemoUsersAndGroups" value="true" />
    <property name="createDemoProcessDefinitions" value="true" />
    <property name="createDemoModels" value="true" />
  <bean id="dbProperties" class="org.springframework.beans.factory.config.PropertyPlaceholderConfigurer">
    <property name="location" value="" />
    <!– Allow other PropertyPlaceholderConfigurer to run as well –>
    <property name="ignoreUnresolvablePlaceholders" value="true" />
  <bean id="dataSource" class="org.apache.commons.dbcp.BasicDataSource">
    <property name="driverClassName" value="${jdbc.driver}" />
    <property name="url" value="${jdbc.url}" />
    <property name="username" value="${jdbc.username}" />
    <property name="password" value="${jdbc.password}" />
    <property name="defaultAutoCommit" value="false" />

  <bean id="transactionManager" class="org.springframework.jdbc.datasource.DataSourceTransactionManager">
     <property name="dataSource" ref="dataSource" />

H2 DB WEBINF config:


Here's my start sequence:

nohup java -jar h2/bin/h2-1.3.170.jar &

nohup java -jar h2/bin/h2-1.3.170.jar &

H2 Database comes up on MOST of the time - if not ALL the time.

The code I've written on my PC *does* work on my friend's PC - and even returns a viewable JSON object tree.  However, when run on either of the three (3) machines I've created for this specific task I get bumkiss.  The libraries for the quickstart project include:

package quickstart;

import org.apache.http.HttpResponse;
import org.apache.http.client.methods.HttpGet;
import org.apache.http.impl.client.DefaultHttpClient;
import sun.misc.BASE64Encoder;

public class QuickStart {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
    StringBuffer output = new StringBuffer();

    DefaultHttpClient httpClient = new DefaultHttpClient();
    HttpGet getRequest = new HttpGet("");
    //HttpGet getRequest = new HttpGet("");

    BASE64Encoder encoder = new BASE64Encoder();
    String encodedUserPass = encoder.encode("kermit:kermit".getBytes());
    getRequest.addHeader("Authorization", "Basic " + encodedUserPass);

    HttpResponse response = httpClient.execute(getRequest);
    System.out.println (response.toString());
    if (response.getStatusLine().getStatusCode() != 200) {
    // URL Not found
    } else {
        BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(response.getEntity().getContent()));
        String responseText;
        while ((responseText = br.readLine()) != null) { //This hits every time.
            output.append(responseText); //This line NEVER hit on my machines,
        System.out.println("output contents begin: \n" + output.toString() + "\n\noutput contents end");
    try {
        } finally {

Output of application

Have no file for /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-i386/jre/lib/netx.jar
Have no file for /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-i386/jre/lib/plugin.jar
Have no file for /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-i386/jre/lib/jfr.jar
HTTP/1.1 200 OK [Content-Type: application/octet-stream, Cache-Control: max-age=10, Last-Modified: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 21:27:59 GMT, Content-Length: 0]
output contents begin:

output contents end
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
BUILD SUCCESSFUL (total time: 9 seconds)

So, the basic question is: What am I doing wrong that I can get 'http 1.1 200 ok' messages but I get no JSON objects - or rather, Why does it seem that activiti-rest is not functioning as expected?

Thank you, in advance!