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From "Malcolm Cleaton (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LOGGING-114) Silent Swallowing of NoClassDefFoundError
Date Thu, 23 Aug 2007 07:58:30 GMT

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Malcolm Cleaton commented on LOGGING-114:
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Sorry, distracted.

Yes, I see that the bad reporting of the InvocationTargetException we set out to fix here
is in fact a duplicate of LOGGING-111. I attempted to verify that the latest code exhibited
the same behaviour before reporting the problem, but obviously I've suffered a brainfart there,
as it's been fixed for some time. Apologies for wasting time with a duplicate issue.

> Silent Swallowing of NoClassDefFoundError
> -----------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LOGGING-114
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LOGGING-114
>             Project: Commons Logging
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.1.0
>         Environment: Various OSs, in combination with log4j 1.2.14.
>            Reporter: Malcolm Cleaton
>            Priority: Minor
>
> Hi. I'm using commons logging with log4j; my team ship a library which uses log4j, and
some of our clients use it with commons-logging.
> If commons-logging is in its default configuration, and log4j is present but fails to
load its configuration with an unhandled exception, the results are pretty nasty:
> - commons-logging silently swallows the exception and logs with something else. If diagnostics
are turned on, the message is:
>     Could not instantiate Log 'org.apache.commons.logging.impl.Log4JLogger' -- java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException:
null
> - future attempts to use log4j directly get a pretty unhelpful error:
>     java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError at org.apache.log4j.Logger.getLogger(Logger.java:117).
> I realise you're trying to deal with a very large number of cases in this code, but it
does seem like something better could be done here. If nothing else is possible, at least
recognising the InvocationTargetException and pulling out the target exception for the diagnostic
log would have helped with tracking this one down.

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