Hi Cocoon developers,

we are working in a project based on C3 and we found a strange behaviour when loading the static resources. We are developing a Web 2.0 application and therefore we have a lot of resources (js, images and css). The weird thing is that sometimes the system is returning the wrong resources, returning a js instead of a css or switching images...

For my tests I did a little modification in class FileReaderComponent to see the source of the file that is being served. See attached file "FileReaderComponent.diff".
This modification uses System.out to show the source of the file before and after read it. The component seems to be fine, also it's very simple so it seems to not be the cause. The patch allow me to discard the component as cause of problem, the source passed as argument when there's too much resources requests are wrong sometimes.

I've review how the components are instantiated and I saw a possible design problem for ComponentProvider class.

  <bean name="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.ComponentProvider" class="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.SpringComponentProvider">
    <property name="actionFactory" ref="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.spring.ActionFactory" />
    <property name="languageInterpreterFactory" ref="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.expression.LanguageInterpreterFactory" />
    <property name="pipelineComponentFactory" ref="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.spring.PipelineComponentFactory" />
    <property name="pipelineFactory" ref="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.spring.PipelineFactory" />

  <bean name="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.Invocation" class="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.InvocationImpl" scope="prototype">
    <property name="componentProvider" ref="org.apache.cocoon.sitemap.ComponentProvider" />

Above is the sitemap component configuration, the InvocationImpl is the component that will create the different components thought the ComponentProvider that will delegate on different factories. The problem I see is that while the Invocation is declared as "prototype", the ComponentProvider is a shared instance so it could be that on high demand the methods overlaps between request. I've solved the problem declaring the methods as "synchronized" (att. SpringComponentProvider.diff).

This will solve the problems with concurrency, but I wonder if it's the best solution. WDYT?

It's very hard to reproduce the problem with tools like JMeter (better reloading directly in browser). Anyways it's happend sometimes with my current functional test plan but I can't reproduce it consistently. Also the JMeter test plan is designed for our current web project so I can't attach it. The functional tests is configure as:

* 30 threads
* No delay between request
* Ramp up 1s
* Infinite loop
* Random controller with 6 static requests, each request with size assertion.

Please, tell me if you need more detailed tests or it's enough. IMO anybody could see the problem if there's a lot of concurrent resources involved.