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From "nadir amra (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (AXIS2-3746) File setLastModified() in deployment code causes problems
Date Wed, 16 Apr 2008 16:47:22 GMT
File setLastModified() in deployment code causes problems

                 Key: AXIS2-3746
             Project: Axis 2.0 (Axis2)
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: deployment
            Reporter: nadir amra
            Assignee: nadir amra
            Priority: Critical
             Fix For: nightly

I question the usage of the the File class's method setLastModified() in

    private void setLastModifiedDate(File file, WSInfo wsInfo) {
        if (file.isDirectory()) {
            File files [] = file.listFiles();
            for (int i = 0; i < files.length; i++) {
                File fileItem = files[i];
                if (fileItem.isDirectory()) {
                    setLastModifiedDate(fileItem, wsInfo);
                } else {
        } else {

I do not understand why we are actually modifying the last-modified-date of the file objects?

The main reason is that this causes problems when the user ID that AXIS2 is running under
does not have authority to update the files.  So the attempt to modify the files will not
result on anything be done (we apparently do not check if operation failed), but more importantly,
if system auditing is enabled you will see authority-failure auditing records for each attempt
to modify the time-stamp for a file.  And if hot-update is deployed, this will result in 1000's
of these records.  

Possible solution:  Why do we need to test for equality when looking at time-stamps? We can
save the newest last-modified time-stamp, and then when we want to detect if something has
changed, we simply see if the saved time-stamp is greater or equal to the file time-stamp.
 And if this is true, then the file has not changed.  Otherwise, the file has changed.....the
added benefit is we do not have to update files. 

I will be fixing this ASAP and hopefully will be getting this into Axis 1.4.  

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