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From "Laslo (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (AMQ-3103) Queue stalls after Job Scheduler component shuts down.
Date Mon, 31 Jan 2011 16:59:29 GMT


Laslo commented on AMQ-3103:

we got the same bug in our setup. The differenz is that there is no observable reason why
the scheduler throws the exception and shut down.

Is somebody working on this issue?


> Queue stalls after Job Scheduler component shuts down.
> ------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: AMQ-3103
>                 URL:
>             Project: ActiveMQ
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Broker
>    Affects Versions: 5.4.2
>         Environment: Redhat Enterprise Linux 5.X, 
> JDK 1.5 32-bit
> JDK 1.6 64-bit
>            Reporter: Swapnonil Mukherjee
>            Priority: Critical
>         Attachments: activemq-1.log, activemq.log, activemq.xml
> Observation
> ----
> Active MQ stops accepting all incoming messages destined for a particular queue, after
the scheduler component processing scheduled messages on that queue encounters an Null Pointer
> Environment
> ----
> We are using the Spring JMSTemplate component to post messages onto a queue. We also
place a delay of 30 seconds on each message before posting
> {noformat}
> message.setLongProperty(ScheduledMessage.AMQ_SCHEDULED_DELAY, Integer.parseInt("30")
* 1000);
> {noformat}
> We use the Spring Default Message Listener Container to receive messages.
> Normally the broker runs fine and we have seen messages appear under the "Scheduled"
tab on the Active MQ Console, after which they processed normally and we can tally using the
"Messages Enqueued" and  the "Messages Dequeued" numbers. But occasionally the Job Scheduler
fails with the following exception.
> {code:xml}
> 2010-12-10 16:31:38,522 | ERROR | JMS Failed to schedule job |
| JobScheduler:JMS
> java.lang.NullPointerException
>         at org.apache.kahadb.index.BTreeIndex.loadNode(
>         at org.apache.kahadb.index.BTreeNode.getChild(
>         at org.apache.kahadb.index.BTreeNode.remove(
>         at org.apache.kahadb.index.BTreeIndex.remove(
>         at
>         at$4.execute(
>         at
>         at
>         at
>         at
>         at
> 2010-12-10 16:31:39,561 | INFO  | JobSchedulerStore:activemq-data/primary/scheduler stopped
| | JobScheduler:JMS
> {code}
> Why does the Job Scheduler fail? One possible reason we have found is that the clock
time settings on the VMs producing the messages and the broker as well as the consumers are
all different. So the Job Scheduler may be shutting itself down arbitrarily due to this difference
in clock. We are in the process of syncing all clocks but we are not sure whether this will
solve the problem.
> Bug
> ----
> But the Bug really is, even if the Job Scheduler encounters an Null Pointer, why should
it shutdown? Even more problematic is the fact that the queue itself stalls and does not accept
anymore messages after the Job Scheduler shuts down.
> The only way to recover is to completely delete the data directory.
> I am attaching the activemq log and activemq configuration file.

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