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From "ori (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DBCP-244) Connection socket hangs sporadically in DBCP 1.2.2 but not 1.2.1
Date Fri, 12 Oct 2007 14:17:50 GMT


ori commented on DBCP-244:

Correct--those are the only configuration parameters I specify.

There is no indication of a lock. Furthermore, there's no indication that the query/update
was ever executed. It never shows up in MySQL's "SHOW PROCESSLIST" command.

This issue can appear on any query/statement without any pattern (MyISAM or InnoDB tables,

I use standard JDBC programming practices when accessing statements/connections.

The DataSource is created once per application like this:

dataSource = org.apache.commons.dbcp.BasicDataSourceFactory.createDataSource( commonsDbProps

Connections are obtained like this:


All JDBC calls are executed in a try/finally block that closes result sets, statments, and
connections immediately after they're used in the finally block (in that order).

I'm confident that I'm not misusing any APIs. 

The fact that I can eliminate this issue by stitching to another version of DBCP would indicate
my application code and database setup are not the problem (but I could be wrong).

I think the most important clue we have is that I'm using the exact same setup on my Tomcat
server with DBCP 1.2.2 and have never experienced this issue. That server is under heavy load
all the time so Connections never sit idle (up to 2.5M dynamic pageviews per day).

The JVM having the issues is running Quartz, a scheduling library (like cron jobs but in Java)
so it can sit idle for a few hours, then wake up and access the database, then sleep again.

> Connection socket hangs sporadically in DBCP 1.2.2 but not 1.2.1
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: DBCP-244
>                 URL:
>             Project: Commons Dbcp
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 1.2.2
>         Environment: Fedora Core 3, MySQL 4.1.22. with the latest driver (5.07). Exceptions
only occur in the "job processing" JVM, which sits idle for long periods of time and occasionally
wakes up to interact with the database.
>            Reporter: ori
> I think I've traced an exception to DBCP's code.
> Communication with the database is hanging sporadically in a production environment.
If I don't set the socketTimeout property on the underlying connection, it will hang forever.
With the socketTimeout property, I get the following exception:
> -------
> com.mysql.jdbc.CommunicationsException: Communications link failure due to underlying
> MESSAGE: Read timed out
> Read timed out
>        at Method)
>        at
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.util.ReadAheadInputStream.fill(
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.util.ReadAheadInputStream.readFromUnderlyingStreamIfNecessary(
>        at
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.MysqlIO.readFully(
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.MysqlIO.reuseAndReadPacket(
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.MysqlIO.checkErrorPacket(
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.MysqlIO.sendCommand(
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.MysqlIO.sqlQueryDirect(
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.Connection.execSQL(
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.Statement.executeUpdate(
>        at com.mysql.jdbc.Statement.executeUpdate(
>        at org.apache.commons.dbcp.DelegatingStatement.executeUpdate(
> ...
> -------
> It always happens in an infrequently used JVM (not an app server handling frequent connections).
So it's likely the offending connection was asleep for a long time before the exception occurs.

> I've confirmed that this issue only occurs using 1.2.2 and not 1.2.1. I've been looking
through the changelogs but can't find anything that would cause this behavior.
> Does somebody familiar with the codebase have any idea what change (1.2.1->1.2.2)
could be causing this behavior? 
> Thanks

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