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From "Reinhold Fuereder" <>
Subject [exec] Watchdog test cases and argument quotation fix
Date Fri, 20 Apr 2007 09:24:15 GMT
Hello Brett et al.,

Please find attached a patch for apache commons exec with respect to two issues (note that
I have only tested them under M$ Windows yet, but I am very confident that these changes should
work under *nix too):


(1) ExecuteWatchdog test cases ( one for synchronous and one for
asynchronous execution including the required test scripts (watchdog.bat, and
test app ( Whereas the one for asynchronous is a bit more elaborated and kind
of "more correct", please note the hint on the well-known Java "bug"/issue under M$ Windows
with respect to the Process.destroy() method in the asynchronous test case code.


(2) Add a method to CommandLine ( to add arguments without quoting, i.e.
pre-quoted arguments, because default quoting may not be correct in all cases. Note that I
have not tried to find out if the default quoting can be changed accordingly. And also that
maybe this problem is only M$ Windows specific, but I don't know (yet). The encountered problem

I want to start an executable (runMemorySud.cmd) with a list of JVM GC options that in turn
will then start a Java application utilising these JVM GC options. I failed to find an accepted
way of specifying the following:

runMemorySud.cmd -XX:+UseParallelGC -XX:ParallelGCThreads=2

After quite some time I found out that the default quoting of apache commons exec is causing
the problem, and with default pure standard Java it works as expected by using (see attached example):

Process p = new ProcessBuilder("runMemorySud.cmd", "10", "30", "-XX:+UseParallelGC", "\"-XX:ParallelGCThreads=2\"").start();

However, as I said, I found no way of being able to "propagate this to the ProcessBuilder
through apache commons exec". Thus, the need for adding a so-called pre-quoted argument addArgument()


Would you mind applying these patches?


P.S.: Please CC me in your potential responses as I am not subscribed to this mailing list.

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