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Hi guys.

I'm trying to do a simple Java application which consumes a login and a CreateAttachment methods for an integration with CA ServiceDesk, but my application fails when I try to run it.

I created a new topic because I cannot find a metion of this exception in any topic.

Here's my code:

package casd_attachment;

import java.io.*;
import javax.activation.*;
import org.apache.axis.client.Call;

public class Main {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        try { // Call Web Service Operation
            //WS URL:
            com.ca.unicenterserviceplus.servicedesk.USDWebService service = new com.ca.unicenterserviceplus.servicedesk.USDWebService();
            com.ca.unicenterserviceplus.servicedesk.USDWebServiceSoap port = service.getUSDWebServiceSoap();

            // TODO initialize WS operation arguments here
            java.lang.String username = "ServiceDesk";
            java.lang.String password = "ServiceDesk";

            // TODO process result here
            int result = port.login(username, password);
            System.out.println("Result = "+result);

            int sid = result;
            java.lang.String repositoryHandle = "doc_rep:1002";
            //Let's try the persid of the existing incident 2043359
            java.lang.String objectHandle = "cr:400009";
            java.lang.String description = "Attachment test";
            java.lang.String fileName = "E:\\hello.txt";

            File file = new File(fileName);
            DataHandler dataHandler = new DataHandler(new FileDataSource(file));

            ((org.apache.axis.client.Stub)port)._setProperty(Call.ATTACHMENT_ENCAPSULATION_FORMAT, Call.ATTACHMENT_ENCAPSULATION_FORMAT_DIME);

             String attachID = port.createAttachment(sid, repositoryHandle, objectHandle, description, description.substring(0, 10));

        } catch (Exception ex) {
            // TODO handle custom exceptions here



The code compiles fine, but when I try to run it I get the following exception:

java.lang.ClassCastException: $Proxy28 cannot be cast to org.apache.axis.client.Stub

I also have tried changing the following line:


To this:

((javax.xml.rpc.Stub)port)._setProperty(org.apache.axis.client.Call.ATTACHMENT_ENCAPSULATION_FORMAT, Call.ATTACHMENT_ENCAPSULATION_FORMAT_DIME);

But at runtime, it throws the same exception (now applied to this class):

java.lang.ClassCastException: $Proxy28 cannot be cast to javax.xml.rpc.Stub

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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The code below is the servlet in charge of upload the file to the server, so when it was uploaded calls the USD-Method doHelpDeskAttachment to put the file into the ticket(USD-side). Finally erases uploaded file.

         List errorMsgs = new LinkedList();
         FormFile attmntF = null;
         String fileNam = null;
         String attmntPath = null;
         String fullPath = null;
         Request sdReq = null;
                attmntPath = this.getServlet().getServletContext().getInitParameter("attmntPath").toString();
                sdReq = (Request)request.getAttribute("hd_obj");
                attmntF = (FormFile) request.getAttribute("file");
                fileNam = attmntF.getFileName();
                fullPath = attmntPath + fileNam;

                File file = new File (fullPath);

                FileOutputStream out = new FileOutputStream(fullPath);


                if(sdReq.doHelpDeskAttachment(fileNam, fullPath)){
                     this.getServlet().getServletContext().log("Request: " + sdReq.getRequestNumberValue()
                             + " Attachment: " + sdReq.getAttachmentHandle());
                     request.setAttribute("hd_obj", sdReq);
                     return mapping.findForward("success");
                     errorMsgs.add("Error. No se adjuntó el archivo para el request: "+
                     request.setAttribute("hd_obj", sdReq);
                     return mapping.findForward("successNA");
            }catch(Exception e){
                errorMsgs.add("An unexpected error: " + e.getMessage());
                request.setAttribute("errorMsgs", errorMsgs);
                return mapping.findForward("generalError");

The following code is the final method to upload a file. As you can see one improvement has made and it is the use of FileDataSource and DataHandler data types. Hope it helps.

import java.rmi.RemoteException;
import javax.activation.DataHandler;
import javax.activation.FileDataSource;
import javax.xml.rpc.holders.StringHolder;

   private USD_WebServiceSoap USD;

   public boolean doHelpDeskAttachment(String fileDesc, String fileName){
        try {
            FileDataSource fds = new FileDataSource(fileName);
            DataHandler dhandler = new DataHandler(fds);
((javax.xml.rpc.Stub) USD)._setProperty(org.apache.axis.client.Call.ATTACHMENT_ENCAPSULATION_FORMAT, org.apache.axis.client.Call.ATTACHMENT_ENCAPSULATION_FORMAT_DIME);
            ((org.apache.axis.client.Stub) USD).addAttachment(dhandler);
            attachmentHandle = USD.createAttachment(this.SID, this.repositoryHandle, this.requestHandleValue, fileDesc, fileName);
            if (getAttachmentHandle() == null) {
                return false;
            } else {
                return true;
        } catch (RemoteException ex) {
            return false;

You're missing org.apache.axis.client:

((javax.xml.rpc.Stub) USD)._setProperty(org.apache.axis.client.Call.ATTACHMENT_ENCAPSULATION_FORMAT, org.apache.axis.client.Call.ATTACHMENT_ENCAPSULATION_FORMAT_DIME);

Edited by Jose Manuel

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