JIRA Upgrade Failed and Logs show NullPointerException

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The upgrade of JIRA failed and unable to access the instance.

The following appears in the atlassian-jira.log:

2013-08-20 16:23:59,483 localhost-startStop-1 INFO      [atlassian.jira.upgrade.UpgradeManagerImpl] ___ Performing Upgrade ____________________
2013-08-20 16:23:59,804 localhost-startStop-1 INFO      [atlassian.jira.upgrade.UpgradeManagerImpl] Performing Upgrade Task: Converting default Custom field values for User and MultiUser types to store the key of the user rather than the username.
2013-08-20 16:23:59,805 localhost-startStop-1 ERROR      [atlassian.jira.upgrade.UpgradeManagerImpl] Exception thrown during upgrade: java.lang.NullPointerException
com.atlassian.util.concurrent.LazyReference$InitializationException: java.lang.NullPointerException
        at com.atlassian.util.concurrent.LazyReference.getInterruptibly(LazyReference.java:149)
        at com.atlassian.util.concurrent.LazyReference.get(LazyReference.java:112)
        at com.atlassian.util.concurrent.ResettableLazyReference.get(ResettableLazyReference.java:87)
        at com.atlassian.jira.issue.fields.CustomFieldImpl.getCustomFieldSearcher(CustomFieldImpl.java:1807)


093 Thread-29 WARN      [onresolve.jira.groovy.ScriptManagerImpl] Failed to create searcher custom field. Can happen during upgrades.


This is due to the Script Runner Plugin causing the upgrade to fail.


  1. Navigate to the $JIRA_HOME/plugins/installed-plugins folder and remove the Script Runner Plugin.
  2. Restart JIRA.
Last modified on Mar 30, 2016

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