Creating a new structure with a date field results in a Freemarker error


  • When you create a new structure that includes a date field and try to save it, you receive an error similar to this:
    Error executing FreeMarker template
    FreeMarker template error:
    The following has evaluated to null or missing:
    ==> staticUtil [in template "" at line 4, column 16]

    Tip: If the failing expression is known to legally refer to something that's sometimes null or missing, either specify a default value like myOptionalVar!myDefault, or use <#if myOptionalVar??>when-present<#else>when-missing</#if>. (These only cover the last step of the expression; to cover the whole expression, use parenthesis: (!myDefault, (

    FTL stack trace ("~" means nesting-related):
    - Failed at: DATE = staticUtil["java.util.Calendar... [in template "" at line 4, column 9]


  • DXP 7.2


  • This happens because the Freemarker Engine's settings include a certain variable in the restricted variables.
  • To resolve this, please go to System SettingsTemplate EnginesFreemarker Engine and remove staticUtil from the Restricted Variables. Save the new settings and restart Liferay.
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