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From "Joe Kelly (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (DBCP-231) Automatic Restart of BasicDataSource After Changing Connection Properties Such as Url
Date Thu, 12 Jul 2007 16:14:04 GMT
Automatic Restart of BasicDataSource After Changing Connection Properties Such as Url

                 Key: DBCP-231
             Project: Commons Dbcp
          Issue Type: New Feature
    Affects Versions: 1.3
            Reporter: Joe Kelly
            Priority: Minor

It would be nice if BasicDataSource could automatically "restart" after changing a connection
property. For example, in our application, we sometimes have to change the connection url
at runtime (i.e. we are connected to one database and then, under certain conditions, we switch
to another database). Currently, we workaround this limitation by manually calling BasicDataSource.close()
after calling BasicDataSource.setUrl().

Looking at the July 11, 2007 snapshot of the source code for BasicDataSource, it appears that
the author was _starting_ to implement this feature. If you look at many of the setters such
as setUrl(), setUsername() and setPassword(), you will see this line of code after the corresponding
instance variable is set:

  this.restartNeeded = true;

Furthermore, there is this private restart() method (notice the comment "not used currently"):

    * Not used currently
  private void restart() {
      try {
      } catch (SQLException e) {
          log("Could not restart DataSource, cause: " + e.getMessage());

To finish implementing this, I think you would only need to add the following snippet at the
very top of createDataSource():

  if (restartNeeded) {

Some users might not like this feature because it might possibly cause active connections
to be killed abruptly (I'm not sure though because I haven't really looked at the implementation
of close() very closely). To calm their fears, perhaps you could make this auto-restart feature
optional by adding a boolean property called  "restartable". Then you could modify my snippet
to this:

  if (restartable && restartNeeded) {

Anyway, just my two cents. I think the class is already pretty useful.

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