Hotfixes

The following hotfix is available for Appian 17.4.

Hotfix Package R

This is a cumulative hotfix package that includes Hotfix Packages A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, and Q as well as new hotfixes in a single download and a set of instructions. This package is required for all Appian 17.4 installations. After installing, you will be running on Appian 17.4 Hotfix Package R.

See the Installation section at the bottom of this page for instructions on how to install this hotfix package.

17.4 Hotfix Package R

Release Date: 19 April 2019

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - Low
  • AN-110140 - Low
    Cleanup script now successfully executes on the nodes that do not run Search Server

Release Date: 22 March 2019 (Released as Hotfix Package Q)

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - High

  • AN-128331 - Low
    Fixed an issue that inflated the Application Server session count for Appian Cloud sites.

Release Date: 27 February 2019 (Released as Hotfix Package P)

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - Medium

  • AN-122269 - Medium
    Should a primary engine fail to successfully checkpoint when shutting down the service manager, the engine will now remain running to allow for subsequent attempts to checkpoint. Should checkpointing continue to fail with no obvious cause, such as lack of disk space, please contact Appian Support.

  • AN-125925 - Medium
    The service manager will now terminate with a descriptive error message if it is unable to allocate a thread rather than run in a potentially unstable state.

  • AN-123928 - Low
    Reduces the logging level from ERROR to INFO when there is a problem writing to the Interface Performance logs.

Release Date: 18 January 2019 (Released as Hotfix Package O)

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - Medium

  • AN-122742 - High
    Parsing very large expressions now uses significantly less memory.

  • AN-120664 - Low
    Fixed an issue that prevented chart reference line labels from displaying.

Release Date: 21 December 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package N)

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - Medium

  • AN-120819 - Critical
    Fixes an issue where, in rare circumstances, Appian data store entries intended to be transient could accumulate indefinitely, using more and more disk space.

  • AN-119899 - Low
    Improved performance of the global objects view.

  • AN-121808 - Low
    The public API setTaskDisplayName now updates the task display name in all locations, including the Tasks tab in Tempo.

Release Date: 30 November 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package M)

  • Security Updates - High

  • AN-108520 - Medium
    Evaluating expressions with many nested rules and functions now uses significantly less memory.

  • AN-110671 - Medium
    Incremental updates from the process execution engines to the process analytics engines are now more resistant to certain types of data corruption.

  • AN-113269 - Medium
    Loading interfaces containing start process links when in stateless mode no longer results in an error.

  • AN-115044 - Low
    An issue that prevented some Data Stores from appearing in the list of an application's objects has been resolved.

  • AN-115154 - Low
    Fixed an issue where expression search results incorrectly displayed older versions of an evolved system rule, even though the latest version of the rule was referenced across all the objects in the application.

  • AN-117145 - Low
    A spurious error message written to the service_manager.log file during startup has been removed.

Release Date: 4 October 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package L)

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - Critical

  • AN-113114 - Medium
    Nested start process links launched from related action forms correctly return to the previous screen after submission

  • AN-110631 - Low
    Startup of the process execution engines while resetting process analytics engines is now more reliable on sites using the high availability configuration. Prior to this fix, process execution engines may get "stuck" in a starting state and the message remaining ids to propagate: null would be logged. The workaround for this issue was to restart the process execution engines that were referenced in these log messages.

  • AN-112959 - Low
    Reduces the amount of data logged in some scenarios in order to use less disk space.

  • AN-114579 - Low
    A new public API getObjectsBytype replaces a previous API of the same name, which is now deprecated. The previous method required passing a private class as an argument (com.appiancorp.ix.Type); the new method uses classes available in the Public API.

Release Date: 28 September 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package K)

Enhancements

  • A proper error message is now logged when the service manager fails to start due to invalid configurations.

  • Improved performance of the global objects view by not loading objects in this view unless a search is performed or/and a filter is applied.

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - Critical

  • AN-96390 - Medium
    When running the service manager stop script, Zookeeper and Kafka can now be stopped independently of the engines by specifying them in the new -s or --services parameter.

  • AN-108503 - Medium
    The service managers now shuts down more reliably when an transaction error occurs after the stop script has been executed.

  • AN-114751 - Medium
    Fixed an issue with running processes that contained the Call Integration smart service, which prevented the user from editing the in-flight process and saving changes.

Release Date: 31 August 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package J)

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - High

  • AN-109954 - High
    Large number of emails in the notifications email engine will no longer cause the engine to lock up when it tries to send them.

  • AN-110178 - High
    Errors during the engine migration process now halt engine startup.

  • AN-110717 - High
    The Appian data source is now compatible with Microsoft SQL Server Driver version 6.4. Prior to this fix, errors could occur with migration of tables in the Appian data source during upgrade when using Microsoft JDBC Driver 6.4 for SQL Server.

  • AN-107505 - High
    A form of data corruption that could occur after a rollback in an execution engine has been prevented.

  • AN-107654 - Medium
    The process execution kdbs will no longer start if the kdb file for one shard (i.e execution00) is placed in the folder for a different shard (i.e. execution01). This helps prevent certain kinds of data corruption that could after manual errors copying kdb files.

  • AN-108903 - Medium
    Latest MS SQL Driver (6.2.4) is now applied to all cloud sites. A property has also been enabled that will allow customers to switch to the older driver via a support ticket.

  • AN-110127 - Medium
    The Export Data Store Entity to Excel smart service now applies the process initiator's timezone to the exported time and datetime fields.

  • AN-110387 - Medium
    The mechanism for replicating data between the execution and analytics engines has been made more robust to errors.

  • AN-112967 - Medium
    Process analytics reports for users who are members of a large number of groups (> 5,000) now execute faster.

  • AN-79496 - Low
    Fixed an issue where the text() function was incorrectly rounding certain numbers.

  • AN-82187 - Low
    The log file engine_disk_usage.csv now correctly reports the "Partition Space Available" column as being the total size of the disk partition, not the amount of unused space remaining on the partition. This updates behavior to be consistent with 16.3 and earlier.

  • AN-110276 Low -
    The service manager and services now shut down more reliably when running the stop script.

Release Date: 30 July 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package I)

Enhancements

  • Improved performance of the object search picker on /design.

  • Record list headers and values now respect the alignment provided by designers.

  • Email polling now supports TLS 1.1 and 1.2. The End of Life date for TLS 1.0 has passed.

  • Metrics log files in logs/service-manager/metrics that are older than thirty days are now removed on startup of the service manager.

Resolved Issues

  • AN-109722 - Critical
    Process execution engine migration will now complete successfully for customers affected by the previously hotfixed issue AN-107056

  • AN-108069 - High
    Fixes a performance issue caused by saving a rule or interface that references many other rules.

  • AN-108740 - High
    Fixed an issue that prevented a reassigned task from being available to the assignee pool

  • AN-64000 - Medium
    Fixes an issue where in some rare circumstances, older versions of rules were used when evaluating expressions.

  • AN-104252 - Medium
    The performance of pickers has been improved. Pickers now send substantially fewer requests to the server while the user is typing.

  • AN-109913 - Medium
    The service manager can now be restarted successfully if it is stopped or dies without first checkpointing after running the recovery.sh script.

  • AN-106291 - Low
    Record list headers and values now respect the alignment provided by designers.

Release Date: 29 June 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package H)

Enhancements

  • The Expressions Trace log, expressions_trace.csv, has been updated to include an additional column that displays the name of the rule that called the function, rule, or smart service.

  • The Expressions Trace log, expressions_trace.csv, has been updated to include an additional column that displays the evaluation time of the individual function or rule excluding the evaluation time of its parameters.

Resolved Issues

  • AN-97654 - High
    The polling time for the test execution service has been increased from 1 sec to 30 sec to minimize load on the database and log file pollution.

  • AN-103677 - High
    The stability of the service manager has been improved when handling a failover event in high availability configurations.

  • AN-105401 - High
    A rare race condition that could cause deadlocks with the application server connecting to the Appian Engines has been resolved.

  • AN-105758 - High
    Fixed a SAML configuration issue where an admin would encounter a 500 error when deleting a self-selected IdP, which had been previously marked as default.

  • AN-106516 - High
    Re-archiving a process (after previously archiving and then unarchiving it) will no longer result in an engine rollback.

  • AN-106606 - High
    In high-availability configurations, when a replica engine falls more that 3000 transactions behind the corresponding primary engine, the replica will restart from the latest checkpointed engine data file on the next checkpoint event. This can significantly reduce the time to recovery for sites with high transaction throughput should a failover event occur.

  • AN-106898 - High
    In high-availability configurations, replica engines will no longer fall behind the corresponding primary engine in high-load situations.

  • AN-107056, AN-107053 - High
    Data corruption that could have resulted in incorrect process models starting has been corrected. This corruption could have only occurred after a rollback in an execution engine.

  • AN-107354 - High
    Fixed an issue that triggered a validation on the process model when the name and description for default related actions were retrieved

  • AN-107454 - High
    Executing a contextual related action no longer evaluates the body of the related actions tab.

  • AN-107455 - High
    Related action context is no longer evaluated on every UI interaction.

  • AN-102360 - Medium
    Evolved the Cancel Process Smart Service in order to fix an issue where it could error out on an already closed or finished process. The related a!cancelProcess() expression function has been updated as well, and all old references will be converted to a!cancelProcess_17r3().

  • AN-102588 - Medium
    The Descendant Functions and Query Rules section of the Performance View now correctly reports the total time for functions that are called inside a!foreach.

  • AN-104953 - Medium
    Clicking Save multiple times in quick succession on a process calendar no longer resets the time zone.

  • AN-106100 - Medium
    Background processing in the process execution engines has been made more efficient, resulting in lower CPU load.

  • AN-106415 - Medium
    Added date and time filters to the minute and hour aggregations on the historical view of the Rule Performance page, in order to increase usability of navigating to specific rules across a long spanning paging grid.

  • AN-106662 - Medium
    Dropdown choices can now be scrolled into view when the window is short.

  • AN-108515 - Medium
    The use of the 'Load Resource Bundle' plugin inside a record list no longer triggers an error when exporting the record list.

  • AN-103154 - Low
    Additional debugging information is now logged during engine startup.

  • AN-105446 - Low
    Unarchival and re-archival of processes that use SAIL interfaces no longer causes an engine rollback.

  • AN-105621 - Low
    Fixed an issue where the historical view of the Rule Performance page would return a paging grid error when navigating between rules having more than and less than 25 data points.

Release Date: 25 May 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package G)

Enhancements

  • The Expressions Trace log, expressions_trace.csv, has been updated to include two additional columns, the user triggering the evaluation and the thread where the evaluation is happening.

  • A new method, setTaskDisplayName, has been added to ProcessExecutionService.java that will set the display name of a task to the specified value.

Resolved Issues

  • AN-105369 - Critical
    The number of active connections to the admin console business data sources created from the application now do not automatically increase every day. The connections from the application are now freed, so the databases used as business data sources do not show an automatic increase in connections as a result.

  • Security Updates - High

  • AN-101940 - High
    The timeout for appending to the engine transaction log is now based on the size of the transaction. As a result, large transactions are less likely to timeout.

  • AN-103515 - High
    Transactions no longer timeout when replaying during a network partition.

  • AN-103715 - High
    Parsing very large expressions now uses significantly less memory.

  • AN-105127 - High
    WebAPIs are now correctly versioned upon save when using an Oracle RAC clustered database.

  • AN-83474 - Medium
    Allows the File Upload component to add the same file more than once.

  • AN-96843 - Medium
    The Start Process smart service and a!startProcess smart service function no longer pause by exception or throw an error when retrieving process data when executing while the system is encountering high load on the Process Analytics engines.

  • AN-104634 - Medium
    The Report option of the Object Type filter on the Objects View no longer excludes Process Reports.

  • AN-104637 - Medium
    The data collection for the Expression Rule Test Cases data metrics log is significantly faster.

  • AN-104726 - Medium
    Connected system objects with basic authentication are now flagged as import problems when no customization file is provided.

  • AN-104914 - Medium
    Certain read-only data types no longer display a link to view them that results in an error.

  • AN-104917 - Medium
    When resetting the process analytics engines, incremental updates from process execution engines that take longer than one minute will no longer time out. The timeout has been increased to ten minutes.

  • AN-105680 - Medium
    The Export Data Store Entity to Excel smart service now provides the appropriate database exception when an error is caused by a database validation.

  • AN-100351 - Low
    Updated links to SAML documentation.

  • AN-103226 - Low
    Fixed an issue on the SAML authentication page with self selection links not properly updating, after changing the IdP entity ID.

  • AN-104599 - Low
    The Export Data Store Entity to Excel smart service now displays the appropriate internationalized error message when no data is returned.

  • AN-105784 - Low
    The performance of the queryIdByRoot method in ContentService has been improved.

Release Date: 23 April 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package F)

Enhancements

  • The performance of using the object type filters in the All Objects view in Appian Designer has been improved.

  • The performance of the all objects view and some searches has been improved on systems with many versions of rules and documents.

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - High

  • AN-100221 - High
    Fixed an issue that caused the application server to fail to start when upgrading an installation that has SQL Server as the Appian Data Source and null SAML settings

  • AN-102387 - High
    Allows data source names in the Admin Console to be more customizable, while keeping the default value a recommendation

  • AN-103064 - High
    Call Integration node inputs always correctly update with Integration's rule inputs. Previously, certain conditions could prevent an Integration's dependent process models from saving.

  • AN-103101 - High
    Replica engines now no longer act as if they are primary engines in some circumstances.

  • AN-85824 - Medium
    Fixed an issue with clicking on data points in a line chart.

  • AN-100326 - Medium
    Fixed an issue where characters were occasionally dropped while typing into text and paragraph components in Internet Explorer 11.

  • AN-101490 - Medium
    Additional character support in email subject lines from tasks

  • AN-102333 - Medium
    Reduced the number of connections to the Appian Data Source when generating email notifications

  • AN-102488 - Medium
    The way in which updated process models are propagated to the execution engine is now optimized. With this change, the application server will utilize less memory and process design engines will consume less CPU power during the operation of propagating updated process models to the execution engine.

  • AN-102623 - Medium
    Column selections and aggregations are no longer exported by the Export Data Store Entity to Excel/CSV smart service when their visibility is set to false.

  • AN-102642 - Medium
    Negative values in decimal or integer columns no longer contain an apostrophe when exported using the Export Data Store Entity to CSV smart service.

  • AN-102511 - Low
    Log files relating to Kafka are now periodically automatically cleaned up. Previously the number of log files would grow unbounded without manual intervention.

  • AN-102844 - Low
    The check in checkbox components now correctly updates based on the accent color.

  • AN-103249 - Low
    A possible NullPointerException in service manager that could occur when checking checkpoint status has been resolved.

  • AN-103250 - Low
    The status script no longer reports that an engine needs to checkpoint when a checkpoint is currently queued but has not yet completed.

  • AN-103752 - Low
    The Missing Precedents dialog no longer fails to open if there are a large number of missing precedents in an application.

Release Date: 30 March 2018 (Released as Hotfix Package E)

Enhancements

  • Fixed an issue that prevented the 'Export Data Store Entity to Excel/CSV Smart Service' from exporting entities that have less than 50 columns but have fields with a large number of characters.

Resolved Issues

  • AN-98876 - High
    The task link in task notification emails now takes the user to their correct start page when multiple start page configurations exist

  • AN-102147 - High
    Expressions evaluating in parallel no longer make additional calls to the groups engine.

  • AN-101987 - High
    Uploading a new version of a file as a user who has Editor permissions to the folder where the file is stored no longer causes a rollback.

  • AN-99980 - Medium
    Fixed a display issue with printing file upload components in Internet Explorer 11.

  • AN-99927 - Medium
    All the locked datatypes are now cleared at the end of the operation that created the locks. Cases of datatype locks remaining uncleared after they are locked during CDT creation process or during import process are now much less likely to occur.

  • AN-99707 - Medium
    File upload components in grid cells are correctly announced by screen readers.

  • AN-99600 - Medium
    Using process task links inside a task form on a Site now returns users back to the task form correctly.

  • AN-99225 - Medium
    Opening the Navigation Items menu for applications with portal pages no longer throws an error.

  • AN-98915 - Medium
    Opening a task form and using a start process link no longer launches an additional instance of the process configured in the start process link after completing the original processes.

  • AN-98658 - Medium
    Date and time, dropdown, picker, and text components now correctly display validation messages. This updates behavior to be consistent with 17.3 and earlier.

  • AN-98460 - Medium
    Rapidly clicking on a related action shortcut in a Site no longer starts multiple process instances

  • AN-94589 -
    Added a warning to the Forms tab of attended smart services to clearly indicate that an automatically mapped interface's rule input is a proposed change, which will only take effect once the designer clicks 'OK'.

  • AN-92251 - Medium
    Pickers initiate search correctly when searching on the same character twice.

  • AN-98032 - Medium
    When multiple users attempt to save a Data Type simultaneously on the data type designer in the same site, they no longer encounter an error message displaying Data Type Not Saved. An unexpected error occurred. The users do not get locked out and can successfully save their Data Type simultaneously.

  • AN-98070 - Low
    The status script now returns more quickly when one or more zookeeper instances is unresponsive.

  • AN-99944 - Low
    Adding a note to a task no longer results in a Type error. This updates behavior to be consistent with 17.3 and earlier.

  • AN-99395 - Low
    An older copy of the /services/zookeeper directory is now deleted when applying the latest hotfix. Previously a second zookeeper directory was added when applying hotfixes, which resulted in an error during startup.

  • AN-99320 - Low
    Appian is now more resistant to data corruption inside Zookeeper.

  • AN-99079 - Low
    A condition that could lead to multiple engines replicas acting as primary in a topology with multiple replica engines but only one Kafka instance can no longer occur.

  • AN-98540 - Low
    A rare race condition with the application server connecting to the Appian Engines has been resolved.

  • AN-98313 - Low
    The Export Data Store Entity to Excel/CSV Smart Service now locks the document correctly to prevent competing updates when exporting data to an existing file.

  • AN-97061 - Low
    a!foreach now correctly distinguishes blank items in a list from each other, fixing an issue where data could be incorrectly shared between them.

  • AN-94495 - Low
    The data collection for the Expression Rule Test Cases data metrics log now happens in smaller batches.

  • AN-88751 - Low
    The date component correctly handles values in the year 9999.

  • AN-102028, AN-102472 - Low
    Text now displays correctly when entered into paragraph components with placeholder text.

  • AN-102028, AN-102472 - Low
    Text now displays correctly when entered into paragraph components with placeholder text.

  • AN-100588 - Low
    Extended Latin characters now display correctly.

  • AN-100710 - Low
    Updated the maximum size of the import log file to 10 MB, to match the size for all other log files.

Release Date: 19 February 2018 (released as Hotfix Package D)

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - Medium

  • AN-99643 - High
    Polling shared mailboxes on Exchange email servers can now be enabled using the new forceImapLogin property in the email handler ejb-jar.xml file. For more information, see the mail server setup documentation.

  • AN-93222 - Medium
    When the web server times out during import, the HTTP error message now indicates that the import will continue and finish in the background.

  • AN-98535 - Medium
    Viewing process notes for sub-processes no longer results in extreme growth in memory used by the execution engines.

  • AN-98558 - Medium
    All looping functions now behave consistently and do not evaluate their iterations in parallel.

  • AN-98883 - Medium
    Using start process links inside a task form on a Site now returns users back to the task form correctly.

  • AN-98899 - Medium
    Data stores can now be validated using aliases and synonyms in DB2 only. Cloud customers can resume validating the data stores against their Oracle databases irrespective of the existence of public synonyms. This will no longer lead to an error message containing The data source schema does not match the type mappings: Missing column: for Appian tables. This updates the behavior to be consistent with Appian versions before 17.3-HF16 and 17.4-HF5.

  • AN-99370 - Medium
    Search server index files are now excluded from the data backup script to prevent inconsistency due to their transient nature. This allows the customers to run the backup script without bringing down the environment.

  • AN-99391 - Low
    Logging configuration from appian_log4j.properties are always respected. This corrects behavior broken in a previous hotfix.

  • AN-99135 - Low
    Query parameters added directly to the OAuth 2.0 Authorization Endpoint are now properly passed through when creating an authorization link.

  • AN-99874 - Low
    A race condition that could cause some application servers to use old versions of a rule after import has been removed.

Release Date: 2 February 2018 released as Hotfix Package C

Enhancements

  • The SAP connector functions now perform a DNS lookup for the jcoClientMShost and jcoClientAshost properties. This functionality is often needed for load-balanced SAP instances.

  • Parallel evaluation of an expression is now reflected in the performance view of the expression rule designer.

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - Critical

  • AN-98522 - Critical
    Fixed an issue that prevented record lists from exporting correctly on WebLogic Servers.

  • AN-98810 - Critical
    @any attributes in data types can now be serialized to XML using the Call Web Service smart service, webservicequery() function, webservicewrite() function, and toxml() function.

  • AN-96681 - High
    Engine failover on highly-available installations no longer runs the risk of a new engine not taking over as primary.

  • AN-98073 - High
    Fixed an issue with cursor position while focused on a paragraph in Internet Explorer 11.

  • AN-91445 - Medium
    Fixed a display issue with printing checkbox and file upload components in Internet Explorer 11.

  • AN-94509 - Medium
    Web APIs that call new versions of functions no longer revert to the old version of the function after testing the web API.

  • AN-96207 - Medium
    A race condition during engine failover when running in a high-availability configuration no longer prevents a replica from assuming leadership.

  • AN-97724 - Medium
    Paging grids now correctly display validation messages. This updates behavior to be consistent with 17.3 and earlier.

  • AN-98732 - Medium
    When using the SAP connector, the jcoClientMshost and jcoClientAshost connection properties now support DNS resolution of a hostname in addition to an IP address.

  • AN-98006 - Medium
    When testing an expression that returns a formatted output, appending null to an empty array no longer throws an error and will return the correct result.

  • AN-98088 - Medium
    Fixed an issue that caused date and time fields on the record list to always export as GMT, rather than preserving the configured time format.

  • AN-98333 - Medium
    Uploading a new version of a document using a!fileUploadField will now accurately update the size of its parent folder and knowledge center.

  • AN-98558 - Medium
    All looping functions now behave consistently and do not evaluate their iterations in parallel.

  • AN-95445 - Low
    The status script no longer hangs when run when one or more servers is unreachable.

  • AN-96054 - Low
    Fixed an issue with Identity Provider Choices in SAML settings not consistently saving.

  • AN-96265 - Low
    When the stop script is used to stop Kafka, an error condition no longer causes Kafka to remain running.

  • AN-96649 - Low
    The engine stop script no longer fails to stop kafka, zookeeper, and service manager if a checkpoint is in-progress when the script is run.

  • AN-97063 - Low
    The application logs no longer print a NullPointerException error related to AppServerSystemMetricsLogScheduler.

  • AN-98247 - Low
    After deleting an object's current version, the previous version of the object will appear and be searchable in Appian Designer.

  • AN-98300 - Low
    Amazon Web Services has been added to Notice.html

  • AN-98366 - Low
    Referencing expression rules with syntax errors no longer prevents Integrations from loading in the Integration Designer.

  • AN-98407 - Low
    The following files have been added to LICENSE/NOTICE.html

    • Apache Axis2
    • Apache Commons Codec
    • Apache Commons Lang
    • Apache Rampart
    • Apache Santuario
    • Apache XmlSchema
    • Apache WSS4J

Release Date: 12 January 2018 (released as Hotfix Package B)

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - High

  • AN-96481 - High
    Increases the retry count for intermittently failing a!startProcess in order to improve recovery

  • AN-97571 - High
    Process history now correctly shows process history data if it exists, and only process history data for the current process is shown. This returns behavior to be consistent with 17.3 and before.

  • AN-96623 - Medium
    New line characters are removed from the subject lines of emails sent from Appian. Previously, the presence of a new line character could cause an email client to not properly render the email.

  • AN-96798 - Medium
    When a connection to a data source fails to close due to an error, that connection is no longer reused. Prior to this fix, the data source connection wouldn't be removed immediately, which could result in an error during a subsequent data source interaction. When the error occurred, an error message with the text "Connection is closed" would be logged.

  • AN-96897 - Medium
    Stability update for the content engine when importing a package that removes design object access from the user performing the import.

  • AN-96925 - Medium
    The context for record views and reports is now being stored in application server memory when possible. This updates behavior to be consistent with 16.3 and earlier.

  • AN-96948 - Medium
    You can now use aliases and synonyms to tables and views when using the name attribute of the @Table JPA annotation. This capability can be used to map data store entities to tables and views that are not in the default schema of the data store.

  • AN-96964 - Medium
    The performance of functions called inside a!foreach no longer degrade disproportionally when items is an array of large items.

  • AN-96987 - Medium
    Documents created via the Export to Excel/CSV smart service now properly inherit security from the folder they are saved into.

  • AN-97211 - Medium
    When using the Arabic locale and entering numbers in Western numerals, separators are now correctly preserved.

  • AN-97469 - Medium
    For the Arabic locale, decimal separators are now correctly exported from record lists.

  • AN-97603 - Medium
    Add additional ability to determine which log files are being cleaned up by an automatically running job

  • AN-96511 - Low
    Designers will no longer receive an error when they click on 'Directory' to browse for a Task Report value for process or activity class variables in the Process Modeler.

  • AN-97579 - Low
    Fixes a performance degradation with evaluation of expressions that contain a high number database queries.

Release Date: 15 December 2017 (released as Hotfix Package A)

Resolved Issues

  • Security Updates - High

  • AN-94743 - High
    When navigating in Sites, the window title now identifies the current location.

  • AN-94877 - High
    Notifications are now sent correctly even when one or more of the recipients are deactivated.

  • AN-95433 - High
    Engine failover on highly-available installations no longer runs the risk of a new engine not taking over as primary.

  • AN-96010 - High
    An error no longer occurs when using the context parameter of the apply function.

  • AN-96498 - High
    Engines with very high transaction ids no longer fail to shut down gracefully.

  • AN-93376 - Medium
    The backup ant task now includes kdb files from the gw directories. This updates behavior to be consistent with 17.2 and earlier.

  • AN-93414 - Medium
    Tooltip on the user profile now displays correctly in Tempo when scrolling.

  • AN-93751 - Medium
    When navigating choices in a multiple dropdown component, selected choices are announced as selected by screen readers.

  • AN-94593 - Medium
    User accounts that only authenticate via Web APIs and use non-Appian authentication are no longer deactivated when the account reaches the Idle User Deactivation Duration, as configured in the Administration Console.

  • AN-96000 - Medium
    When exporting a record list to Excel from a site, record links now properly point to the record on the site rather than on Tempo.

  • AN-84321 - Low
    Date and Date and Time components now reevaluate after losing focus when values were entered with the keyboard. This updates behavior to be consistent with 16.3 and earlier.

  • AN-85331 - Low
    Contents inside collapsible sections are now visible when the label is null. This updates behavior to be consistent with 16.3 and earlier.

  • AN-92678 - Low
    Button array layouts are now accepted in the buttons configuration for form layouts. This updates behavior to be consistent with 17.2 and earlier.

  • AN-92917 - Low
    Paragraph components with placeholder text are now correctly enabled when accepting tasks.

  • AN-94803 - Low
    Leading and trailing white space is now trimmed from text columns in paging grids. This updates behavior to be consistent with 16.3 and earlier.

  • AN-95029 - Low
    Heavy load on the process design and process analytics engines will no longer cause the start process smart service to pause by exception.

  • AN-95312 - Low
    The "Used System Memory" reported in system.csv no longer includes slab memory. Previously, memory that was reclaimable by the system was counted in the used memory, resulting in the appearance of a lower amount of memory being available than was actually available.

  • AN-95593 - Low
    The performance of internal mechanisms for checking the status of the service manager has been improved.

  • AN-95720 - Low
    When starting the search server using the start.bat script on Windows, the success message in the script output has been restored. Previously, the search server would start, but the message "The system cannot find the batch label specified - ensureSsPid" would be returned in the script output. This updates behavior to be consistent with 17.3 and earlier.

  • AN-96643 - Low
    Design objects can now be imported and exported after being modified by a call to the ContentService.createVersion public API method. Before this fix, an error would occur when exporting an object that had been modified by ContentService.createVersion where an array containing only a single item was passed as a parameter to the method.

Installation

Perform the following steps to apply the hotfix:

  1. Stop Appian. See Starting and Stopping Appian for detailed instructions:
    1. Shut down the application server.
    2. Shut down the search server.
    3. Shutdown all Appian Engines, ensuring that the engines are checkpointed upon shutdown.
  2. Back up your existing Appian instance. See Backing Up Your Existing Appian Instance for instructions.
  3. Unzip the contents of the 17.4.0.0_Hotfix_Package_R.zip archive into your <APPIAN_HOME> directory.
  4. Run the deleteFiles script (deleteFiles.bat on Windows, deleteFiles.sh on Linux) that is now located in your <APPIAN_HOME> directory.
  5. Unzip the contents of the updates.zip archive that is now located your <APPIAN_HOME> directory.
  6. If you maintain customized or overridden Spring Security .xml files, merge them with the associated base files in the /deployment/web.war/WEB-INF/conf/security/ directory.
  7. Delete the deleteFiles script and updates.zip.
  8. If you are using a Web server, copy the content of <APPIAN_HOME>/ear/suite.ear/web.war to the folder where the Web server is getting the static resources. See Copy Static Resources to the Web Server for more information.
  9. Clear the application server cache
    • If you are running JBoss, delete the folder <JBOSS_HOME>/standalone/tmp/work/jboss.web/default-host/suite (including all subfolders) to clear the application server's JSP cache
    • If you are running WebLogic, delete the <WEBLOGIC_HOME>/<project_name>/domains/<domain_name>/config/deployments/<suite.ear> and ` //domains//servers/AdminServer/tmp/_WL_user/` directories to clear the cache when re-deploying the application.
  10. If you are using WebLogic:
    • Delete the existing suite.ear from WebLogic.
    • Deploy the Appian EAR.
      • From the WebLogic Administration Console, on the Deployments screen, click Install.
      • Select suite.ear (<APPIAN_HOME>/ear/suite.ear) and click Next.
      • Select Install this deployment as an application and click Next.
      • On the next screen, click Finish.
  11. Start Appian:
    1. Start the Appian Engines.
    2. Start the search server.
    3. Start the application server.

To determine if Appian 17.4 Hotfix Package R is deployed, open the build.info file located in <APPIAN_HOME>/ear/suite.ear/conf. The contents of this file should match the following code sample:

##Appian Corporation Build Information                                                                                                                                        
#Fri, 05 Apr 2019 04:44:02 -0400

build.revision=f0a74dbf10d3ef0b567c3adda33fef9e132a60ef
build.version=17.4.226.0                                                                                                                                                   
FEEDBACK