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  • March 14, 2013

Potential Issues With Weblogic Server Lok Files

Certain configuration files's access sometime need to be restricted in order
to only allow one Weblogic Server instance or user to access them at any
specific time.  Files with .lok extension are created for this purpose.
 While browsing your domain directory structure, you might find config.lok
under the domain config directory.  This file exists to ensure that config.xml is being
updated serially.  Edit.lok's purpose is to ensure that only one user at a time
can edit the domain configuration.  Edit.lok lies in the domain directory.  Other lok files include EmbeddedLDAP.lok and server_name.lok.

Each running server creates its own server_name.lok (in \servers\server_name\tmp) and own EmbeddedLDAP.lok (in \servers\server_name\ldapfiles) while starting up.  The process ID (PID) that is holding the lock on these files is the same that the process which is running server_name.  This can easily be verified with the fuser Unix command or with handle on Windows.  Both files have a size of 0 byte.

MOS note 943790.1 describes these 4 files in more details.

In addition to creating these two files, the administration server also creates config.lok, also with a size of 0 byte, and edit.lok.  However edit.lok stores data such as encoded user information and various timestamps.  This file is updated as changes are being made or has the timestamp of the latest update made in the administraction console.  It's
highly recommended not to delete any of these files while servers in your
domain are running.  During the shutdown process, the server should delete its own EmbeddedLDAP.lok and server_name.lok
and leave edit.lok and config.lok as they are.

So what can go wrong?

A server can fail to start with the critical error
code BEA-000362 and
a nested ManagementException reporting that it's unable to obtain lock on server_name.lok and that this server might already
be running
.  This issue can come up if the server didn't previously shut
down gracefully and thus couldn't unlock (delete) its lok files, or simply
because a process running this server still exists. At this point, and if no
process is currently running this server, server_name.lok and EmbeddedLDAP.lok would need to be deleted manually for the server to startup successfully.

If EmbeddedLDAP.lok is present while a server is
booting then the startup will fail with the emergency error code BEA-000342 and
a nested ServiceFailureException containing Could not obtain an
exclusive lock to the embedded LDAP data files directory.  
One EmbeddedLDAP.lok
exists for each server in the domain whereas only one edit.lok and one
config.lok exist for the whole domain.

While attempting
simultaneous deployments, you might encounter the warning code BEA-149124 with the message The domain edit
lock is owned by another session in exclusive mode - hence this deployment
operation cannot proceed
. When multiple deployment tools are being used,
only one can acquire a lock on the domain configuration at a given time until a
deployment is complete.  The usenonexclusivelock parameter can be used
with the wldeploy ant task or with weblogic.Deploy if this warning is considered an inconvenience.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • guest Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    AdminServer.lok is the main lock file though, however I am unable to resolve this issue even after deleting my lock files: Waiting for lock, currently held by server timestamp, waiting for 20 seconds


  • Laurent Goldsztejn Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    You might want to submit the issue in a Service Request if it can't be solved by the documents with solutions referred to in this post.


  • Guest Friday, March 27, 2015

    thak you. Very useful!


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