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Error: ArcSDE Java API: SeQuery throws a Null Pointer Exception when handling multibyte characters

Error Message

When the SeSqlConstruct object in an SeQuery has a where clause containing multibyte characters (e.g., Japanese or Chinese character strings), a Null Pointer Exception is thrown when executing the query.

Cause

This is a known issue with the ArcSDE Java application programming interface (API).

Solution or Workaround

There is no work-around for this issue. This problem has been fixed in ArcSDE 8.1 SP2.