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Webservice DRILLANYWHERE command throws exception

I am using the yfws-20140827.jar to display and interact with reports in our java web application. Our application has a jsp with widgets, where each widget loads a Yellowfin report with an AJAX load. The list of Yellowfin reports is pulled from the dashboard of the current user.

A couple notes:
1. I am able to load the reports.
2. I am able to issue javascript commands to such as javascript:postCommand('DRILL|68897|68926|NONE|68927=Q2lzY28gTGl2ZSBPbmxpbmU_3D'); and it works fine.

I am NOT able to issue a DRILLANYWHERE command (on an appropriate report), without an exception being thrown. The exception is: No serializer found for class com.hof.mi.web.service.DrillTarget in registry org.apache.axis.encoding.TypeMappingDelegate@3e2790e0
at org.apache.axis.AxisFault.makeFault(
at org.apache.axis.SOAPPart.writeTo(
at org.apache.axis.SOAPPart.writeTo(
at org.apache.axis.Message.writeTo(
at org.apache.axis.transport.http.AxisServlet.sendResponse(
at org.apache.axis.transport.http.AxisServlet.doPost(
at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(
at org.apache.axis.transport.http.AxisServletBase.service(
at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(

I have attached a JSP that is used to load the Yellowfin report. I've taken out some caching and simplified it a bit so it can be analyzed easier.

NOTE: As I render each report, I override the LinkURL to add the reportId and tabId to reference the appropriate report widget, and the COMMAND is sent to the rendering JSP (included JSP).

I have also tried calling this method, when the DRILLANYWHERE is issued, but before the report is run:
reportClient.getDrillAnywhereMenu(69005, 1, "drill text", "drill text"), but it is throwing a NullPointerException on the Yellowfin install.

I've also tried enabling JAX-webservices as described here:

I've also attached a screenshot of the working DRILLANYWHERE report directly from the Yellowfin interface.

Any tips would be appreciated.
Thanks, Mike

Screenshot from yellowfin interface

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Hi Mike,

Sorry for the delayed response.

It looks like currently there are no classes to support drill-anywhere via web services.
A task has been raised (TASK ID = 178225) and assigned to the dev team.

Which version of Yellowfin are you currently using?

Apologies for the inconvenience with this.


I am currently running 7.1 (20140827).

Also, is appears that Yellowfin chart brushing is not quite working thru web-services. I can draw the "square" to select the specific data elements, and get the "include/exclude" dialog to show, but clicking on those links don't go thru the regular postCommand('##'). Can you please confirm this?

Mike Bushman
Hi Mike,

Unfortunately your findings are correct.
I have raised a support task (TASK ID = 179136) so that we can support chart brushing with web services, and in the interim, to at least stop the widget from displaying for active charts.
I cannot give an ETA as yet, as it's yet to be discussed with the dev team.

Really sorry for the inconvenience this has caused.


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