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From "Stephen Haberman (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (IVY-1386) Disable DTD external fetching when not validation
Date Sat, 27 Oct 2012 20:33:12 GMT


Stephen Haberman commented on IVY-1386:

Hi Maarten, thanks for taking the time to test my patch--I apologize for not finding this
out before asking you take time to look at it.

I have been running a patched version of Ivy with my proposed fix in my local Eclipse, and
thanks so far work, so I was lulled into thinking the semantics where the same. Obviously
it does not, so I'll look some more in to this.

What do you think of adding another arg to XMLHelper.parse, called loadExternalDtds, which
defaults=true, but can be set false?

The reason is that IvyDE's IvySettingsContentDescriptor, AFAICT, does not need external DTDs
to work, because it uses a custom default handler to just look for the root element of "ivysettings"
and then stops.

Given how often Eclipse asks IvyDE this question (once per XML file in the project, on a regular
basis, AFAICT), it seems useful to allow IvySettingsContentDescriptor to opt out of DTD loading.

I can work up a patch that does this, if you approve. Of if you have other suggestions, let
me know and I can try those out too.

> Disable DTD external fetching when not validation
> -------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: IVY-1386
>                 URL:
>             Project: Ivy
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: trunk
>         Environment: Ivy 2.4.0.alpha/IvyDE 2.2.0.beta2
>            Reporter: Stephen Haberman
>         Attachments: disableExternalDtds.diff, ivyde-xml-dtd-hung.txt
> Our team uses Ivy/IvyDE, and noticed Eclipse hanging today/yesterday, to the point of
being unusable.
> I tracked it down to Eclipse asking IvyDE "is this your file?", which  IvyDE's IvySettingsContentDescriber
used XMLHelper.parse to answer, but then Xerces hung while trying to load the XML file's DTD.
> So, the problem was the DTD being unavailable, but it seems like XMLHelper should turn
this off, especially if the schema parameter is null, and it's in non-validating mode.
> The attached patch turns off external DTD fetching when XMLHelper is already in non-validating
> This avoids the wire call, which speeds up the XMLHelper.parse by at least 100%, ~250-300ms
when fetching the DTD, to ~100-150ms when not. (And this is the happy case, in the worst case,
waiting for the timeout if the DTD is unavailable, takes ~20s).

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