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Fatal error while parsing XML related to the locale setting of the host

Applies to

Gemfire 8.1


The GemFire cache server fails to start due to a fatal error while parsing the cache.xml file when using a non-English locale.

For instance, when running with the Japanese locale:

com.gemstone.gemfire.cache.CacheXmlException: While reading Cache XML file:/D:/apps/Pivotal/Pivotal_GemFire_NativeClient_64bit_8100/SampleCode/quickstart/gfecs/../XMLs/serverPoolCqQuery.xml. Fatal error while parsing XML, caused by org.xml.sax.SAXParseException; lineNumber: 2; columnNumber: 10; 機能"http://apache.org/xml/features/disallow-doctype-decl"がtrueに設定されている場合、DOCTYPEは指定できません

And, with the Chinese locale:

com.gemstone.gemfire.cache.CacheXmlException: While reading Cache XML file:/C:/lab/sslissue/gemfire-issues/2wayssl-nullencryption/gemfire/cache-replicated-eventual.xml. Fatal error while parsing XML, caused by org.xml.sax.SAXParseException; lineNumber: 2; columnNumber: 10; 将功能 "http://apache.org/xml/features/disallow-doctype-decl" 设置为“真”时, 不允许使用 DOCTYPE。


This issue can happen when running with the Japanese or Chinese locale (and, possibly, other non-English locales) with Gemfire version 8.1. The root cause is the setting of "http://apache.org/xml/features/disallow-doctype-decl" to true for the DOCTYPE element. This issue will be fixed in a later releases of the GemFire 8.x branch.


  1. add the --J=-Duser.language=en option the GFSH command line to start the cacheserver.
  2. use XML Schema style cache.xml instead of DTD style


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