java.lang.NullPointerException at javax.faces.webapp.FacesServlet.init(

Last Published: April 25, 2020

Error Message

When viewing Web Mapping applications deployed on Tomcat version 5.5.20, the following error is displayed:

"java.lang.NullPointerException at javax.faces.webapp.FacesServlet.init("


This is a known issue with the 5.5.20 distribution of Apache Tomcat.

Solution or Workaround

  1. Add the following to the <Tomcat Folder>\webapps\<web app name>\WEB-INF\web.xml file:

    <listener-class>com.sun.faces.config.ConfigureListener</listener-class >

  2. Re-start the Tomcat service.

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