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Mar 05, 2004 at 03:00 PM

Looking up the wrong object?


I'm using the NetWeaver 6.40. I have a question about looking up objects through the WebAS JNDI interface. How do I know what the right string is to use in the InitialContext.lookup call?

I've created a jsp similar to the one in the calculator demo. It references a proxy object, again like the calculator demo. When the jsp loads, the proxy object throws a class cast exception. The exception is caused by the call to PortableRemoteObject.narrow(). Here is the code fragment from the proxy:

public void init() throws Exception {

//Lookup the enterprise bean

try {

InitialContext ctx = new InitialContext();

Object ob = ctx.lookup ("java:comp/env/DocManager/DocumentManagerSB");

DocumentManagerHif home = (DocumentManagerHif)

PortableRemoteObject.narrow( ob, DocumentManagerHif.class);

dmSb = home.create();

} catch (Exception e) {

throw new Exception(

"Error instantiating DocumentManagerSB EJB: "

+ e.toString());



As you see, more or less identical to the calculator demo.

When I run the debugger I see the object ob contains a Hashtable which includes a "value=DocumentManagerHif_Stub (id=177)". At this point, as far as I can tell, it seems to be the right object. As I follow it into the narrow call I can see every thing looks fine until I get to This is where the exception occurs.

Curiously, I am able to access the bean from a java command line client. The look up and narrow call there look like this:




String host = getHost();

System.setProperty("java.naming.provider.url", host + ":50004");

InitialContext ctx = new InitialContext();

Object ob = ctx.lookup("DocManager/DocumentManagerSB");

DocumentManagerHif dmHome = (DocumentManagerHif)PortableRemoteObject.narrow( ob,


//Initialize the session bean

DocumentManagerRif dmRif = dmHome.create();


When I look in the Visual Administrator, under services:Ejb dmEJB.jar:DocumentManagerSB I see the JNDI name is DocManager/DocumentManagerSB. So I think it's correct. What am I doing wrong?


- Otto