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Version: v1.16.x LTS

Gathering information to troubleshoot Zowe Application Framework

Gather the following information to troubleshoot Zowe™ Application Framework issues:

z/OS release level#

To find the z/OS release level, issue the following command in SDSF:


Check the output for the release level, for example:

RELEASE z/OS 02.02.00

Zowe version and release level#

cd <zowe-installation-directory>
cat manifest.json


Displays zowe version

"name": "Zowe",
"version": "1.2.0",
"description": "Zowe is an open source project created to host technologies that benefit the Z platform from all members of the Z community (Integrated Software Vendors, System Integrators and z/OS consumers). Zowe, like Mac or Windows, comes with a set of APIs and OS capabilities that applications build on and also includes some applications out of the box. Zowe offers modern interfaces to interact with z/OS and allows you to work with z/OS in a way that is similar to what you experience on cloud platforms today. You can use these interfaces as delivered or through plug-ins and extensions that are created by clients or third-party vendors.",
"license": "EPL-2.0",
"homepage": "",
"build": {
"branch": "master",
"number": 685,
"commitHash": "63efa85df629db474197ec8481db50021e8fdd65",
"timestamp": "1556733977010"

Zowe application configuration#

Configuration file helps customize the Zowe app server, and is important to look at while you troubleshoot.

# navigate to zowe installation folder
cd <zowe-installation-folder>
# navigate to server configuration folder
cd zlux-app-server/deploy/instance/ZLUX/serverConfig
# display config
cat zluxserver.json

Read more about the Zowe app server configuration in the Zowe User Guide.

Zowe Application Server ports#

# navigate to zowe installation folder
cd <zowe-installation-folder>
# navigate to install log directory
cd install_log
# list file by most recent first
ls -lt
# pick latest file
cat 2019-05-02-17-13-09.log | grep ZOWE_ZLUX_SERVER_HTTPS_PORT
cat 2019-05-02-17-13-09.log | grep ZOWE_ZSS_SERVER_PORT

Log output from the Zowe Application Server#

There are two major components of Zowe application server: ZLUX and ZSS. They log to different files.

The default location for logs for both zlux and zss is folder zlux-app-server/log. You can customize the log location by using the environment variable.

env | grep ZLUX_NODE_LOG_DIR
env | grep ZSS_LOG_DIR

Read more about controlling the log location here.

# navigate to zowe installation folder
cd <zowe-installation-folder>
# navigate to logs default location or custom location as described above
cd zlux-app-server/log
# custom log location can be found using environment variable
# list file by most recent first
ls -lt


List of files by most recent timestamp for both nodeServer as well ZSS.


Error message codes#

It is advisable to look into log files for capturing error codes.

Javascript console output#

Web Developer toolkit is accessible by pressing F12.

Read more about it here.

Screen captures#

If possible, add a screen capture of the issue.

Other relevant information#

Node.js – v6.14.4 minimum for z/OS, elsewhere v6, v8, and v10 work well.

node -v

npm – v6.4 minimum

npm -v

Java – v8 minimum

java -version