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From Daniel Kulp <>
Subject Re: premature Endpoint.publish() during CXFServlet initialization
Date Wed, 09 Apr 2008 19:59:15 GMT


Honestly, I'm not sure there IS a good solution to this one.  There isn't 
anything in the Servlet spec that really would provide a notification to 
the servlet as to when the port might actually be connected.   In 
tomcat's case, at startup, it "deploys" all the web apps calling the 
init methods and such and then starts up the port listeners.  The ports 
are not even being listened to at all while the apps are being initted.

The only thing I can think of is a ServletRequestListener that 
initializes your stuff on the first request.  However, you'll need to be 
careful of that as well.   If your init stuff takes too long, the 
request could timeout on the client side.


On Wednesday 09 April 2008, Eoghan Glynn wrote:
> Folks,
> I've tripped over a nasty issue when deploying a CXF application to
> Tomcat, so I'm looking for some ideas from the collective big brain on
> possible work-arounds.
> The problem is that the process of init()ializing the CXFServlet
> includes publishing the <jaxws:endpoint> defined in the
> cxf-servlet.xml. However this publish() call is slightly premature, as
> Tomcat will not deliver any incoming requests to the endpoint until
> *after* the servlet init() returns (whereas the JAX-WS spec expects
> that "Published endpoints are active and capable of receiving incoming
> requests and dispatching them to their implementor"). So the endpoint
> is in limbo for a short period and this is the root of my problem.
> Now I'm using a CXF ServerLifecycleListener to trigger the handing out
> of an EPR for the newly published endpoint. As a side-effect of this,
> there are some call-backs on the endpoint (both a "?wsdl" style query
> and a real invocation). These calls are failing on me as the
> publish()ed endpoint is not yet fully active, and will not be so until
> after the servlet init()ialization completes. And these failures cause
> the handing out of the supposedly live EPR to fail.
> So I'm looking for alternative trigger-points, so as to either delay
> the Endpoint.publish(), or my ServerLifecycleListener.startServer()
> logic, until *after* Tomcat starts dispatching incoming requests to
> the webapp.
> Unfortunately registering a ServletContextListener with Tomcat is no
> help, as contextInitialized() is triggered *before* the webapp is
> started. Which is odd IMO, as the method name connotes initialization
> in the past tense, but that's the way it's implemented in Tomcat
> 5.5.25 at least.
> If anyone has any other brain-waves, please shout.
> Cheers,
> Eoghan
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