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Pega 7.1.7 failing startup NoClassDefFound BouncyCastleProvider



Admin trying to deploy Pega 7.1.7 ear file on WebSphere and startup is failing

Error Messages

[3/18/15 17:59:55:370 EDT] 00000013 PRBootstrap E com.pega.pegarules.internal.bootstrap.PRBootstrap Problem during method invocation (doStartup)
java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: org.bouncycastle.jce.provider.BouncyCastleProvider
at java.lang.J9VMInternals.verifyImpl(Native Method)
at java.lang.J9VMInternals.verify(
at java.lang.J9VMInternals.initialize(
at com.pega.pegarules.exec.internal.PRExecProviderImpl.getCrypto(
at com.pega.pegarules.deploy.internal.archive.ParUtilsImpl.<clinit>(
at java.lang.J9VMInternals.initializeImpl(Native Method)
at java.lang.J9VMInternals.initialize(
at com.pega.pegarules.deploy.internal.PRDeployProviderImpl.getParUtils(
at com.pega.pegarules.session.internal.engineinterface.etier.impl.EngineStartup.initEngine(
at com.pega.pegarules.session.internal.engineinterface.etier.impl.EngineImpl._initEngine_privact(

Steps to Reproduce

Deploy prpc_j2ee14.ear on WebSphere and try to start system

Root Cause

The root cause of this problem is a defect in Pegasystems’ code/rules. The extractedFiles directory which should be created in the Web Tier temporary directory but instead is trying to create this directory in the  That directory is not writable by the user running Pega 7.1.7.  In this case that /tmp/extractedFiles directory was being used by the BIX 7.1.7 command line extraction.


This issue is resolved through the following local change: 

To specifiy a unique location for Pega 7.1.7 and the BIX command line extraction to use you can do one of the following:

Specify a JVM argument to redirect the files to a location of your choice.  for Pega 7.1.7 for BIX

Or in your file add a line like this:



Published January 31, 2016 - Updated October 8, 2020

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