December 2, 2015 · websphere spring spring-batch oracle

Spring batch job repository configuration for WebSphere and Oracle

Table of contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Job Repository configuration


If you are using default Spring batch Job Repository configuration in an application deployed on the WebSphere application server and backed by Oracle database you may experience following unpleasant exceptions:

org.springframework.dao.DataAccessResourceFailureException: Could not create Oracle LOB;  
Caused by: org.springframework.dao.InvalidDataAccessApiUsageException: Couldn't initialize OracleLobHandler because Oracle driver classes are not available. Note that OracleLobHandler requires Oracle JDBC driver 9i or higher!; nested exception is java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: oracle.sql.BLOB  
Caused by: java.lang.ClassNotFoundException: oracle.sql.BLOB  

This issue is documented on the IBM support website.


Proper solution is to configure lob-handler dependency of the Job Repository and inject the OracleLobHandler bean.

In order to support WebSphere lobHandler bean needs to be instantated with approprate nativeJdbcExtractor that is supported by WebSphere.

The following snippet shows Job Repository configuration details

<batch:job-repository id="jobRepository"  
    lob-handler="lobHandler" />

<bean id="lobHandler"  
    <property name="nativeJdbcExtractor" ref="nativeJdbcExtractor" />

<bean id="nativeJdbcExtractor"  
    class="" />

Following are additional configuration details:

Data source configuration

<bean id="dataSource" class="org.springframework.jndi.JndiObjectFactoryBean">  
    <property name="jndiName" value="java:comp/env/jdbc/DS_NAME" />
    <property name="lookupOnStartup" value="true" />
    <property name="cache" value="true" />
    <property name="proxyInterface" value="javax.sql.DataSource" />

Transaction manager configuration

<bean id="transactionManager" class="org.springframework.orm.jpa.JpaTransactionManager" primary="true">  
    <property name="entityManagerFactory" ref="entityManagerFactory"/>
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