A child container failed during start | Tomcat

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A Container is an object that can execute requests received from a client, and return responses based on those requests. A Container may optionally support a pipeline of Valves that process the request in an order configured at runtime, by implementing the Pipeline interface as well.

Containers will exist at several conceptual levels within Catalina. The following examples represent common cases:

Engine –  Representation of the entire Catalina servlet engine, most likely containing one or more subcontainers that are either Host or Context implementations, or other custom groups.
Host –  Representation of a virtual host containing a number of Contexts.
Context –  Representation of a single ServletContext, which will typically contain one or more Wrappers for the supported servlets.
Wrapper –  Representation of an individual servlet definition (which may support multiple servlet instances if the servlet itself implements SingleThreadModel).

More about tomcat architecture and container details can be at here

While starting Tomcat if you are getting java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException errors in tomcat logs. This issue might come due to multiple reasons few reasons are written below.

1. Tomcat 7 “SEVERE: A child container failed during start”

2. Tomcat SEVERE: A child container failed during start

3. A child container failed during startup

4. A child container failed during start java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException

5. java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: java.lang.NullPointerException Error

For our case below was the error and solution

Logs:

INFO: Starting service Catalina

Jun 26, 2014 10:12:22 AM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngine startInternal
INFO: Starting Servlet Engine: Apache Tomcat/7.0.34
Jun 26, 2014 10:12:23 AM org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase startInternal
SEVERE: A child container failed during start
java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: java.lang.InternalError
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask$Sync.innerGet(FutureTask.java:252)
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.get(FutureTask.java:111)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.startInternal(ContainerBase.java:1123)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHost.startInternal(StandardHost.java:800)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:150)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase$StartChild.call(ContainerBase.java:1559)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase$StartChild.call(ContainerBase.java:1549)
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask$Sync.innerRun(FutureTask.java:334)
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.run(FutureTask.java:166)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:1145)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:615)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:724)
Caused by: java.lang.InternalError
at java.util.Currency$1.run(Currency.java:224)
at java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method)
at java.util.Currency.<clinit>(Currency.java:192)
at java.text.DecimalFormatSymbols.initialize(DecimalFormatSymbols.java:566)
at java.text.DecimalFormatSymbols.<init>(DecimalFormatSymbols.java:94)
at java.text.DecimalFormatSymbols.getInstance(DecimalFormatSymbols.java:157)
at java.text.NumberFormat.getInstance(NumberFormat.java:767)
at java.text.NumberFormat.getIntegerInstance(NumberFormat.java:439)
at java.text.SimpleDateFormat.initialize(SimpleDateFormat.java:664)
at java.text.SimpleDateFormat.<init>(SimpleDateFormat.java:585)
at org.apache.naming.resources.ResourceAttributes.<clinit>(ResourceAttributes.java:129)
at org.apache.naming.resources.FileDirContext.doGetAttributes(FileDirContext.java:405)
at org.apache.naming.resources.BaseDirContext.getAttributes(BaseDirContext.java:1139)
at org.apache.naming.resources.BaseDirContext.getAttributes(BaseDirContext.java:1092)
at org.apache.naming.resources.ProxyDirContext.cacheLoad(ProxyDirContext.java:1613)
at org.apache.naming.resources.ProxyDirContext.cacheLookup(ProxyDirContext.java:1536)
at org.apache.naming.resources.ProxyDirContext.lookup(ProxyDirContext.java:297)
at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappLoader.setRepositories(WebappLoader.java:866)
at org.apache.catalina.loader.WebappLoader.startInternal(WebappLoader.java:605)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:150)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.startInternal(StandardContext.java:5150)
… 8 more
Caused by: java.io.FileNotFoundException: D:\Jdk1.6.0.31\jre\lib\currency.data (The system cannot find the file specified)
at java.io.FileInputStream.open(Native Method)
at java.io.FileInputStream.<init>(FileInputStream.java:138)
at java.io.FileInputStream.<init>(FileInputStream.java:97)
at java.util.Currency$1.run(Currency.java:198)
… 28 more

Jun 26, 2014 10:12:23 AM org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase startInternal
SEVERE: A child container failed during start
java.util.concurrent.ExecutionException: org.apache.catalina.LifecycleException: Failed to start component [StandardEngine[Catalina].StandardHost[localhost]]
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask$Sync.innerGet(FutureTask.java:252)
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.get(FutureTask.java:111)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.startInternal(ContainerBase.java:1123)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngine.startInternal(StandardEngine.java:302)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:150)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardService.startInternal(StandardService.java:443)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:150)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardServer.startInternal(StandardServer.java:732)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:150)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina.start(Catalina.java:684)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:57)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:43)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:606)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.start(Bootstrap.java:289)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.main(Bootstrap.java:414)
Caused by: org.apache.catalina.LifecycleException: Failed to start component [StandardEngine[Catalina].StandardHost[localhost]]
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:154)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase$StartChild.call(ContainerBase.java:1559)
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase$StartChild.call(ContainerBase.java:1549)
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask$Sync.innerRun(FutureTask.java:334)
at java.util.concurrent.FutureTask.run(FutureTask.java:166)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:1145)
at java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(ThreadPoolExecutor.java:615)
at java.lang.Thread.run(Thread.java:724)
Caused by: org.apache.catalina.LifecycleException: A child container failed during start
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.startInternal(ContainerBase.java:1131)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHost.startInternal(StandardHost.java:800)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:150)
… 7 more

Jun 26, 2014 10:12:23 AM org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina start
SEVERE: Catalina.start:
org.apache.catalina.LifecycleException: Failed to start component [StandardServer[8004]]
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:154)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina.start(Catalina.java:684)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(NativeMethodAccessorImpl.java:57)
at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.java:43)
at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Method.java:606)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.start(Bootstrap.java:289)
at org.apache.catalina.startup.Bootstrap.main(Bootstrap.java:414)
Caused by: org.apache.catalina.LifecycleException: Failed to start component [StandardService[Catalina]]
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:154)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardServer.startInternal(StandardServer.java:732)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:150)
… 7 more
Caused by: org.apache.catalina.LifecycleException: Failed to start component [StandardEngine[Catalina]]
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:154)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardService.startInternal(StandardService.java:443)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:150)
… 9 more
Caused by: org.apache.catalina.LifecycleException: A child container failed during start
at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.startInternal(ContainerBase.java:1131)
at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngine.startInternal(StandardEngine.java:302)
at org.apache.catalina.util.LifecycleBase.start(LifecycleBase.java:150)
… 11 more

Jun 26, 2014 10:12:23 AM org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina start
INFO: Server startup in 1199 ms
Jun 26, 2014 10:22:37 AM org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol pause
INFO: Pausing ProtocolHandler [“http-bio-8010”]
Jun 26, 2014 10:22:37 AM org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol pause
INFO: Pausing ProtocolHandler [“ajp-bio-8007”]
Jun 26, 2014 10:22:37 AM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardService stopInternal
INFO: Stopping service Catalina

 

Solution:

For us the issue was due to a corrupted jre which tomcat was using, we replaced the corrupted JRE with a working one and restarted the container and things worked fine.

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