Hudson and the Sonar plugin fail: MavenInstallation NoSuchMethodError

By | August 14, 2009
No. Not this Hudson.

No. Not this Hudson.

We ran into an interesting and less than informative error when configuring Maven with our Hudson installation. Maven worked great, as expected, but the Sonar plugin stopped working and were causing builds to fail.

The error message wasn’t terribly helpful:

FATAL: hudson.tasks.Maven$MavenInstallation.forNode(Lhudson/model/Node;Lhudson/model/TaskListener;)Lhudson/tasks/Maven$MavenInstallation;
java.lang.NoSuchMethodError: hudson.tasks.Maven$MavenInstallation.forNode(Lhudson/model/Node;Lhudson/model/TaskListener;)Lhudson/tasks/Maven$MavenInstallation;
at hudson.plugins.sonar.SonarPublisher.getMavenInstallationForSonar(
at hudson.plugins.sonar.SonarPublisher.executeSonar(
at hudson.plugins.sonar.SonarPublisher.perform(
at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$AbstractRunner.performAllBuildStep(
at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$AbstractRunner.performAllBuildStep(
at hudson.model.Build$RunnerImpl.post2(
at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$
at hudson.model.ResourceController.execute(

A little Googling, I found just two hits.

One result was helpful in which it said the Sonar plugin is compatible with Hudson 1.306+. Currently we’re running 1.303. We’re not exactly far behind, but apparently far enough behind.

Backing up Hudson

While there is a backup plugin for Hudson. The plugin would be ideal, but in case just installing the plugin screws something up, best do a manual backup.

The easiest way to manually backup Hudson is to just copy your Hudson working directory. However, space is limited for us, so a backup that was more selected was necessary. This script seemed to backup the most important configuration files (it wouldn’t make for a pretty recovery, but it’d work):


for job in $HUDSON_HOME/jobs/*; do
echo "Processing $job"
mkdir -p "$NEWHUDSON_HOME/jobs/$job"
cp "$job/config.xml" "$NEWHUDSON_HOME/jobs/$job/config.xml"

All aboard!

All aboard!

All aboard the fail boat

The upgrade appeared to go well, but after manually starting the Windows service, I get an error. Amusingly, the hudson.err.log showed some slight inconsistencies:

Jul 27, 2009 2:38:03 PM hudson.model.UpdateCenter$DownloadJob run
INFO: Installation successful: hudson.war
Invalid or corrupt jarfile C:hudsonhudson.war

Hudson the Butler can’t make up his mind; it’s claiming success before imploding on itself.

Hudson recuperated

Skimming around and very annoyed my butler had blatantly lied to me, I noticed hudson.war was sitting at only 2 MB. Yah, that can’t be right.

Luckily the fix was easy: Hudson was successfully fixed by manually downloading the newest hudson.war and replacing the messed up version.

It turns out I really did not need to backup Hudson. Though naturally if I hadn’t backed up Hudson I will have needed my backup!

Upgrading to Hudson 1.317 solved the mysterious java.lang.NoSuchMethodError error. I would not have thought configuring a Maven installation rather than using Hudson’s default would cause issues. Go figure.

One thought on “Hudson and the Sonar plugin fail: MavenInstallation NoSuchMethodError

  1. Kohsuke Kawaguchi

    I’m sorry about the upgrade failure. I don’t quite understand how JavaSE lets this situation (the download was aborted in the middle without raising any exception) happens, but I added a check against the Content-Length header in 1.321 so that we can detect this problem.


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