Confluence Returns A Blank Page When Visiting A Space

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  1. Confluence renders a blank page when visiting a space.
  2. Only one particular space is affected.
  3. The atlassian-confluence.log file records the following stack trace every time the space is visited:
2010-03-02 17:33:14,118 ERROR [http-8081-1] [confluence.util.velocity.VelocityUtils] getRenderedTemplate Error occurred rendering template: /decorators/main.vmd
 -- referer: http://localhost:8081/dashboard.action | url: /display/DOC1/Confluence+Documentation+Home | userName: wikiadmin
org.apache.velocity.exception.MethodInvocationException: Invocation of method 'getAttachment' in  class $Proxy16 threw exception java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Content entity object should not be null @ /decorators/main.vmd[5,69]
	at org.apache.velocity.runtime.parser.node.ASTMethod.execute(
Caused by: java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Content entity object should not be null
	at org.springframework.util.Assert.notNull(
	at com.atlassian.confluence.pages.persistence.dao.hibernate.AbstractHibernateAttachmentDao.getLatestVersionsOfAttachments(
	at com.atlassian.confluence.pages.DefaultAttachmentManager.getLatestVersionsOfAttachments(
	at com.atlassian.confluence.pages.AbstractAttachmentManager.getAttachment(
	at com.atlassian.confluence.pages.AbstractAttachmentManager.getAttachment(
	at com.atlassian.confluence.pages.DelegatorAttachmentManager.getAttachment(
	at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
	at org.apache.velocity.runtime.parser.node.ASTMethod.execute(
	... 121 more


All spaces must have a space description object but in your particular space your Space Description Object is null.


  1. To identify if you have a null space description, run this query:

    select * from spaces where spacedescid is null;
  2. Note down the space id as you will need it to fix your data.
  3. If you find that spacedescidis null, you should fix it by running the queries below. You should shutdown Confluence and make a backup of your instance before hand.

    insert into content
    values (9999999, 'SPACEDESCRIPTION', null, 1, 'wikiadmin', '2004-11-15 18:17:00.527', 'wikiadmin', '2004-11-15 18:17:00.527', '', null, 'current',XXXX, null, null,null, null, null,null, null, null,null,null);
    update spaces
    set spacedescid = 9999999
    where spaceid = XXXX;

    (info) Replace XXXX with spaceid of the problematic space.

  4. Restart Confluence and you should be able to access the space now.



Last modified on Mar 30, 2016

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