Not a supported type: realm error with ssoadm in OpenAM 11.0.0, 11.0.1, 11.0.2 and 12.0.0

Last updated Jan 5, 2021

The purpose of this article is to provide assistance if you receive a "Not a supported type: realm" error when using ssoadm in OpenAM 11.0.0, 11.0.1, 11.0.2 and 12.0.0. This error is seen when using one of the following ssoadm commands to change realm settings: get-realm-svc-attrs, set-realm-svc-attrs, add-svc-attrs or set-svc-attrs.

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An error similar to the following is given in response to the ssoadm command when the -v (verbose) option is used:

Process Request ... Constructing Request Context... Validating mandatory options... Processing Sub Command ... Executing class, com.sun.identity.cli.realm.RealmSetServiceAttributeValues. Authenticating... Authenticated. com.sun.identity.cli.CLIException: Not a supported type: realm. at com.sun.identity.cli.realm.RealmSetServiceAttributeValues.handleRequest( at com.sun.identity.cli.SubCommand.execute( at com.sun.identity.cli.CLIRequest.process( at com.sun.identity.cli.CLIRequest.process( at com.sun.identity.cli.CommandManager.serviceRequestQueue( at com.sun.identity.cli.CommandManager.<init>( at com.sun.identity.cli.CommandManager.main( Not a supported type: realm.

Attempting to change the Realm specific settings can be set successfully using the OpenAM admin console. 

Recent Changes

Exported / imported service configurations using export-svc-cfg and import-svc-cfg ssoadm commands, and restarted the web application container in which OpenAM runs.


The Realm configuration object is incorrectly lost when the server is restarted following the export / import process, which causes the realm related sub-commands to fail.


This issue can be resolved by upgrading to OpenAM 11.0.3, or OpenAM 12.0.1 or later; you can download this from BackStage.

Alternatively, you can work around the lost Realm configuration object using the following ssoadm command:

$ ./ssoadm create-sub-cfg -u [adminID] -f [passwordfile] -s sunIdentityRepositoryService -g realm -b SupportedIdentities -D attrs.txt

replacing [adminID] and [passwordfile] with appropriate values. The attrs.txt file should be empty because the Realm object does not contain any attributes by default.

See Also

OpenAM Reference › OpenAM Command Line Tools › ssoadm

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Related Issue Tracker IDs

OPENAM-2348 (set-realm-svc-attrs: "Not a supported type: realm")

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