PingGateway 2024.6


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Getting info about the problem

When trying to solve a problem, save time by asking the following questions:

  • How do you reproduce the problem?

  • What behavior do you expect, and what behavior do you have?

  • When did the problem start occurring?

  • Are their circumstances in which the problem does not occur?

  • Is the problem permanent, intermittent, getting better, getting worse, or staying the same?

If you contact ForgeRock for help, include the following information with your request:

  • The product version and build information. This information is included in the logs when PingGateway starts up. If PingGateway is running in development mode, and set up as described in the Quick install, access the information at or

  • Description of the problem, including when the problem occurs and its impact on your operation.

  • Steps you took to reproduce the problem.

  • Relevant access and error logs, stack traces, and core dumps.

  • Description of the environment, including the following information:

    • Machine type

    • Operating system and version

    • Web server or container and version

    • Java version

    • Patches or other software that might affect the problem

Start up

After a first startup, PingGateway doesn’t restart or load routes.

If PingGateway doesn’t restart or load routes after a first startup, search route-system.log for lines containing Error while starting…​ or Unable to start …​ and use the error message to debug the issue.

PID file already exists

If PingGateway shuts down without using the or stop.bat script, the PID file isn’t removed and PingGateway can’t restart. This can happen when you use the PingGateway service to stop or restart PingGateway, or when PingGateway is deployed in Docker.

Remove the PID file or change the configuration as described in Allow startup when there is an existing PID file.


Requests redirected to AM instead of to the resource

By default, AM 5 and later writes cookies to the fully qualified domain name of the server; for example, Therefore, a host-based cookie, rather than a domain-based cookie, is set.

Consequently, after authentication through PingAM, requests can be redirected to PingAM instead of to the resource.

To resolve this issue, add a cookie domain to the PingAM configuration. For example, in the AM admin UI, go to Configure > Global Services > Platform, and add the domain

Sample application not displayed correctly

When the sample application is used with PingGateway in the documentation examples, the sample application must serve static resources, such as the .css. Add the following route to the PingGateway configuration:

  "name" : "00-static-resources",
  "baseURI" : "",
  "condition": "${find(request.uri.path,'^/css') or matchesWithRegex(request.uri.path, '^/.*\\\\.ico$') or matchesWithRegex(request.uri.path, '^/.*\\\\.gif$')}",
  "handler": "ReverseProxyHandler"
StaticResponseHandler results in a blank page

Define an entity for the response, as in the following example:

  "name": "AccessDeniedHandler",
  "type": "StaticResponseHandler",
  "config": {
    "status": 403,
    "headers": {
      "Content-Type": [ "text/html; charset=UTF-8" ]
    "entity": "<html><body><p>User does not have permission</p></body></html>"


No handler to dispatch to

The following errors are in route-system.log:

... | ERROR | main | o.f.o.h.r.RouterHandler | no handler to dispatch to
08:22:54:974 | ERROR | http-... | o.f.o.h.DispatchHandler | no handler to dispatch to for URI ''

PingGateway is not configured to handle the incoming request or the request to the specified URI:

  • "no handler to dispatch to": the router cannot find a route that accepts the incoming request. This error happens when none of the route conditions match the incoming request and there is no default route.

  • "no handler to dispatch to for URI": the router cannot find a route that can handle the request to the specified URI because none of the route conditions match the request path (URI).


If the errors occur during the startup, they are safe to ignore. If the errors occur after the startup, do the following:

Object not found in heap

If you have the following error, you have specified "handler": "Router2" in config.json or in the route, but no handler configuration object named Router2 exists:

org.forgerock.json.fluent.JsonValueException: /handler:
     object Router2 not found in heap
     at org.forgerock.openig.heap.HeapImpl.resolve(
     at org.forgerock.openig.heap.HeapImpl.resolve(
     at org.forgerock.openig.heap.HeapImpl.getHandler(

Make sure you have added an entry for the handler, and that you have correctly spelled its name.

Extra or missing character / invalid JSON

When the JSON for a route is not valid, PingGateway does not load the route. Instead, a description of the error appears in the log.

Use a JSON editor or JSON validation tool such as JSONLint to make sure your JSON is valid.

Route not used

PingGateway loads all configurations at startup, and, by default, periodically reloads changed route configurations.

If you make changes to a route that result in an invalid configuration, PingGateway logs errors, but it keeps the previous, correct configuration, and continues to use the old route.

PingGateway only uses the new configuration after you save a valid version or when you restart PingGateway.

Of course, if you restart PingGateway with an invalid route configuration, then PingGateway tries to load the invalid route at startup and logs an error. In that case, if there is no default handler to accept any incoming request for the invalid route, then you have an error, No handler to dispatch to.

Skipped routes

PingGateway returns an exception if it loads a route for which it can’t resolve a requirement. For example, when you load a route that uses an AmService object, the object must be available in the AM configuration.

If you add routes to a configuration when the environment is not ready, rename the route to prevent PingGateway from loading it. For example, rename a route as follows:

$ mv $HOME/.openig/config/routes/03-sql.json $HOME/.openig/config/routes/03-sql.inactive

If necessary, restart PingGateway to reload the configuration. When you have configured the environment, change the file extension back to .json.


Can’t deploy routes in Studio

Studio deploys and undeploys routes through a main router named _router, which is the name of the main router in the default configuration. If you use a custom config.json, make sure it contains a main router named _router.

For information about creating routes in Studio, refer to the Studio guide.

Timeout errors

Log is flushed with timeout exception warnings on sending a request

Problem: After a request is sent to PingGateway, PingGateway seems to hang. An HTTP 502 Bad Gateway error is produced, and the PingGateway log is flushed with SocketTimeoutException warnings.

Possible cause: The baseURI configuration is missing or causes the request to return to PingGateway, so PingGateway can’t produce a response to the request.

Possible solution: Configure the baseURI to use a different host and port to PingGateway.

Other problems

Incorrect values in the flat files

Make sure the user running PingGateway can read the flat file. Remember that values include spaces and tabs between the separator, so make sure the values are not padded with spaces.

Problem accessing URLs

The following error can be encountered when using an AssignmentFilter as described in AssignmentFilter and setting a string value for one of the headers.

      Problem accessing /myURL . Reason:
      java.lang.String cannot be cast to java.util.List
      Caused by:
      java.lang.ClassCastException: java.lang.String cannot be cast to java.util.List

All headers are stored in lists so the header must be addressed with a subscript. For example, rather than trying to set request.headers['Location'] for a redirect in the response object, you should instead set request.headers['Location'][0]. A header without a subscript leads to the error above.

URI Too Long error

When a request is longer than 4096 bytes, it can cause an HTTP 414 URI Too Long response.

The default limit for request length is set by the Vert.x configuration DEFAULT_MAX_INITIAL_LINE_LENGTH. This default acts on the connectors property of admin.json.

When working with requests constructed with parameters and query strings, such as for SAML or token transformation, where the request can become long consider setting the Vert.x property getMaxInitialLineLength to increase the limit.

The following example configuration in admin.json increases the request length limit to 9999 bytes:

"connectors": [
    "vertx": {
      "maxInitialLineLength": 9999,
"Ignored" message logged

The following log message indicates that the client or server side has disconnected and PingGateway has ignored the event.

[vert.x-eventloop-thread-2] DEBUG ... @system - Connection error. Ignored.
[CONTINUED]java.nio.channels.ClosedChannelException: null

This type of error occurs when a network component closes the connection. This can occur when:

  • A load balancer or firewall terminates or times out connections

  • Third-party network changes prevent successful connections

Increase logging to provide more information, as described in Manage logs.

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