'Issues' drop down menu inaccessible: The JIRA server could not be contacted


We are experiencing this strange error where the 'Issues' drop down menu for one user is navailable. The message is: "The JIRA server could not be contacted. This maybe a temporary glitch or the server maybe down" when clicking on the arrow next to the 'Issues' menu. The Issue Navigator will still be accessible by clicking on the word 'Issues' itself. We are using JIRA 5.1.5.

The error that is caught in the log is:

2014-07-07 16:59:03,188 http-8080-4 ERROR w36948 1019x232729x1 gptq6w, /rest/api/1.0/menus/find_link [jira.security.util.GroupSelectorUtils] Object 'twaa1q:3' is of type com.atlassian.crowd.embedded.ofbiz.OfBizUser which cannot be converted to a Group. Needs to be a Group object or a String representing group name.

2014-07-07 16:59:03,188 http-8080-4 ERROR w36948 1019x232729x1 gptq6w, /rest/api/1.0/menus/find_link [common.error.jersey.ThrowableExceptionMapper] Uncaught exception thrown by REST service


at com.atlassian.jira.security.util.GroupSelectorUtils.isUserInCustomFieldGroup(GroupSelectorUtils.java:194)

at com.atlassian.jira.security.type.GroupCF.hasIssuePermission(GroupCF.java:207)

at com.atlassian.jira.security.type.AbstractIssueFieldSecurityType.hasPermission(AbstractIssueFieldSecurityType.java:172)

at com.atlassian.jira.permission.DefaultPermissionSchemeManager.hasSchemePermission(DefaultPermissionSchemeManager.java:508)

at com.atlassian.jira.permission.DefaultPermissionSchemeManager.hasPermission(DefaultPermissionSchemeManager.java:467)

at com.atlassian.jira.permission.DefaultPermissionSchemeManager.hasSchemeAuthority(DefaultPermissionSchemeManager.java:414)

at com.atlassian.jira.security.AbstractPermissionManager.hasProjectPermission(AbstractPermissionManager.java:241)

at com.atlassian.jira.security.AbstractPermissionManager.hasPermission(AbstractPermissionManager.java:199)

at com.atlassian.jira.security.WorkflowBasedPermissionManager.hasPermission(WorkflowBasedPermissionManager.java:67)

at com.atlassian.jira.security.AbstractPermissionManager.hasPermission(AbstractPermissionManager.java:114)

at com.atlassian.jira.security.AbstractPermissionManager.hasPermission(AbstractPermissionManager.java:143) <+2>

at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Unknown Source)


And the error in the browser is the same:

https://jira.xxx.com.au/rest/api/1.0/menus/find_link?_=1405069982516500 (Internal Server Error)

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Could you please open a support ticket and include the support.zip log files?

Hi Thomas,

Is this problem occurring in more than one browser and in more than one computer? If this user tries to access JIRA with his account in another computer, does he receive the same error?

If you can, please raise a support ticket in support.atlassian.comand attach a support.zip to the ticket so we can help you to investigate the issue!


Pietro Schaff

We encountered a similiar issue. A single user was getting "internal server error" when clicking on the Issues drop down. I had the user try a different browser. In Chrome it fails, in Firefox it was successful.

I'm not sure but thought of putting below solution;

Recently we have installed confluence and i gave chown permission to conflunce user for directly /opt/atlassion


after i faces same issue, not able to access Issue Manu, when I click on project from porject dropdown - page not found...

then i checked jira user permission, it was not having permission on that directory. again i have jira user chown to /opt/atlassian and /var/atlassian

and for conflunce



restarted jira and it started working

Thanks for the reply guys, ticket logged under JSP-198202

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