Logging in on Crowd results in a blank screen

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Platform Notice: Data Center Only - This article only applies to Atlassian products on the data center platform.

Summary

Attempting to log in intermittently results in a blank screen without further errors or indications of problems.

Environment

  • Crowd Data Center running with 2 or more nodes

Diagnosis

The application logs and HAR files captured while replicating the issue do not show any errors or failures around the login process. However, upon further inspection of the Crowd logs, you can see messages like this:

ERROR: JarContent: Unable to read bytes for file com/atlassian/applinks/core/auth/ApplicationLinksStringReturningResponseHandler.class in ZIP file /opt/atlassian/var/crowd-home/caches/transformed-plugins/applinks-plugin-6.0.5_1605793306000.jar
java.io.IOException: Stale file handle
    at java.base/java.io.RandomAccessFile.readBytes(Native Method)

This problem is only reproducible when more than one node is running.

Cause

The Stale file handle errors can happen if multiple nodes use the same home directory and are trying to access the same files. This can happen if the entire Crowd Home folder was mounted as a network share instead of just the /shared sub-directory.

Solution

Inspect the current NFS mount for the shared home. You can use the df -T command for that end. If the entire Crowd Local Home is being shared, proceed as follows:

  1. Stop Crowd on all nodes
  2. Unmount the shared folder
  3. Remount again on <Crowd-Home>/shared only
  4. Inspect the contents of each directory and move them if needed
  5. Restart Crowd

Here is a reference of what should be present on each directory before restarting:

  • Crowd local home (this should not be shared between nodes):

    analytics-logs/
    bundled-plugins/
    caches/
    logs/
    shared/
  • Shared home (NFS mount accessible by all nodes):

    backups/
    crowd.cfg.xml
    keys/
    plugins/

More details on how to install Crowd DC can be found here:

Last modified on Sep 16, 2021

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