Why does RHN Satellite not start after being installed on a system with network users & groups?

Solution Verified - Updated -

Issue

Errors in tomcat log after Satellite 5.3 install.

Message in catalina.out tomcat log file :

2010-02-26 04:03:54,778 [main] ERROR org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.[Catalina].[localhost].[/rhn] - Exception sending context initialized event to listener instance of class com.redhat.rhn.webapp.RhnServletListener
java.lang.NullPointerException
    at com.redhat.rhn.common.conf.Config.getFiles(Config.java:403)
    at com.redhat.rhn.common.conf.Config.addPath(Config.java:123)
    at com.redhat.rhn.common.conf.Config.<init>(Config.java:113)
    at com.redhat.rhn.common.conf.Config.get(Config.java:133)
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Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Network Satellite 5.3
  • Network Authentication -Users & Groups (Not certain if LDAP or NIS as client would not disclose)

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