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From "Christian Mamen (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (AMQ-5086) vm transport create=false&waitForStart race condition
Date Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:30:57 GMT
Christian Mamen created AMQ-5086:

             Summary: vm transport create=false&waitForStart race condition
                 Key: AMQ-5086
             Project: ActiveMQ
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Broker
    Affects Versions: 5.7.0
            Reporter: Christian Mamen

Experience this bug on 5.7.0, I think this is the same on the trunk

using vm transport for a client to connect to an embedded broker, in a multithreaded application,
I'm experiencing a an error (sometimes) which appears to be a race condition at startup.

Im using create=false and waitForStart to create a connectionFactory for a client connection

The broker service is started in a seperate thread

the client connection is started first. but surprisingly it tries start the brokers transport
connector. An apparent glitch follows when the broker service stops and re-start the transport.

2014-03-05 11:07:57,626 [ClientConnection_thread] INFO
- Connector vm://ApplicationName Started
2014-03-05 11:08:07,009 [Main_thread] INFO
- Connector vm://ApplicationName Stopped
2014-03-05 11:08:07,011 [Main_thread] INFO
- Connector vm://ApplicationName Started

I look into the activemq source and saw this:

public void start() throws Exception {
    // in jvm master slave, lets not publish over existing broker till we get the lock
    final BrokerRegistry brokerRegistry = BrokerRegistry.getInstance();
    if (brokerRegistry.lookup(getBrokerName()) == null) {
            brokerRegistry.bind(getBrokerName(), BrokerService.this);
    brokerRegistry.bind(getBrokerName(), BrokerService.this);

    private BrokerService lookupBroker(final BrokerRegistry registry, final String brokerName,
int waitForStart) {
        BrokerService broker = null;
        synchronized(registry.getRegistryMutext()) {
            broker = registry.lookup(brokerName);
            if (broker == null && waitForStart > 0) {
                final long expiry = System.currentTimeMillis() + waitForStart;
                while (broker == null  && expiry > System.currentTimeMillis())
                    long timeout = Math.max(0, expiry - System.currentTimeMillis());
                    try {
                        LOG.debug("waiting for broker named: " + brokerName + " to start");
                    } catch (InterruptedException ignored) {
                    broker = registry.lookup(brokerName);
        return broker;

It appears that create=false and waitForStart only waits for the broker to be added to the
BrokerRegistry. However when the brokerService is starts, it seems that the broker is added
to the registry before it is started.

I believe some synchronization is missing make the VMTransportFactory wait for the broker
not only to be added to the registry, but also fully started.

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