Exception starting filter struts2

This is an annoying exception I got today when I moved the war file to production. The application failed to start. WRT http://struts.1045723.n5.nabble.com/2-0-14-gt-2-1-6-filter-config-issue-td3490585.html I set the devmode to false in struts.xml, which resolved the issue!

SEVERE: Exception starting filter struts2
 java.lang.NullPointerException
 at com.opensymphony.xwork2.util.FileManager$FileRevision.needsReloading(FileManager.java:209)
 at com.opensymphony.xwork2.util.FileManager.fileNeedsReloading(FileManager.java:60)
 at com.opensymphony.xwork2.config.providers.XmlConfigurationProvider.needsReload(XmlConfigurationProvider.java:325)
 at org.apache.struts2.config.StrutsXmlConfigurationProvider.needsReload(StrutsXmlConfigurationProvider.java:168)
 at com.opensymphony.xwork2.config.ConfigurationManager.conditionalReload(ConfigurationManager.java:220)
 at com.opensymphony.xwork2.config.ConfigurationManager.getConfiguration(ConfigurationManager.java:61)
 at org.apache.struts2.dispatcher.Dispatcher.getContainer(Dispatcher.java:774)
 at org.apache.struts2.dispatcher.ng.InitOperations.initStaticContentLoader(InitOperations.java:77)
 at org.apache.struts2.dispatcher.ng.filter.StrutsPrepareAndExecuteFilter.init(StrutsPrepareAndExecuteFilter.java:49)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterConfig.getFilter(ApplicationFilterConfig.java:295)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterConfig.setFilterDef(ApplicationFilterConfig.java:422)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterConfig.<init>(ApplicationFilterConfig.java:115)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.filterStart(StandardContext.java:4001)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContext.start(StandardContext.java:4651)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.addChildInternal(ContainerBase.java:791)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.ContainerBase.addChild(ContainerBase.java:771)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHost.addChild(StandardHost.java:546)
 at org.apache.catalina.startup.HostConfig.deployWAR(HostConfig.java:905)
 at org.apache.catalina.startup.HostConfig.deployApps(HostConfig.java:525)
 at org.apache.catalina.startup.HostConfig.check(HostConfig.java:1359)
 at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke0(Native Method)
 at sun.reflect.NativeMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(Unknown Source)
 at sun.reflect.DelegatingMethodAccessorImpl.invoke(Unknown Source)
 at java.lang.reflect.Method.invoke(Unknown Source)
 at org.apache.tomcat.util.modeler.BaseModelMBean.invoke(BaseModelMBean.java:297)
 at com.sun.jmx.interceptor.DefaultMBeanServerInterceptor.invoke(Unknown Source)
 at com.sun.jmx.mbeanserver.JmxMBeanServer.invoke(Unknown Source)
 at org.apache.catalina.manager.ManagerServlet.check(ManagerServlet.java:1500)
 at org.apache.catalina.manager.HTMLManagerServlet.doPost(HTMLManagerServlet.java:252)
 at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:637)
 at javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service(HttpServlet.java:717)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.internalDoFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:290)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.ApplicationFilterChain.doFilter(ApplicationFilterChain.java:206)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardWrapperValve.invoke(StandardWrapperValve.java:233)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardContextValve.invoke(StandardContextValve.java:191)
 at org.apache.catalina.authenticator.AuthenticatorBase.invoke(AuthenticatorBase.java:563)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardHostValve.invoke(StandardHostValve.java:127)
 at org.apache.catalina.valves.ErrorReportValve.invoke(ErrorReportValve.java:102)
 at org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngineValve.invoke(StandardEngineValve.java:109)
 at org.apache.catalina.connector.CoyoteAdapter.service(CoyoteAdapter.java:298)
 at org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Processor.process(Http11Processor.java:857)
 at org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol$Http11ConnectionHandler.process(Http11Protocol.java:588)
 at org.apache.tomcat.util.net.JIoEndpoint$Worker.run(JIoEndpoint.java:489)
 at java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source)
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