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From "Dag H. Wanvik" <Dag.Wan...@Sun.COM>
Subject Re: Intermittent failure with lang/errorStream.java (added w/ DERBY-205)
Date Wed, 08 Jun 2005 22:59:38 GMT


I just re-opened Derby-205 with a patch to solve this problem.  See
comments there. Kathey included a caveat for this phenomenon in her
list of "things to watch out for when making patches" in another


>>>>> "A" == Army  <qozinx@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
A> As part of the patch for DERBY-205, a new test called "lang/errorStream.java" 
A> was added to the Derby test package (svn revision 179584).
A> When I run this test against a local codeline, I seem to be seeing intermittent 
A> failures because two lines in the output file are printed out of order.
A> 23a24
A>  > xxxxxxFILTERED-TIMESTAMPxxxxxGMT Thread[main,5,main] 
A> java.lang.NoSuchFieldException: nonExistingFieldStream
A> 25d25
A> < xxxxxxFILTERED-TIMESTAMPxxxxxGMT Thread[main,5,main] 
A> java.lang.NoSuchFieldException: nonExistingFieldStream
A> The Derby harness takes output from System.err and System.out and prints them 
A> both to the test output file, so usually, when diffs like this occur, it's 
A> because the two streams (System.out and System.err) are overlapping.
A> With that in mind I started looking at the errorStream.java test and I noticed 
A> that, for the negative test cases (ex. "checkWrongField"), since the target 
A> stream/method/file doesn't exist (which is intentional), the default error 
A> stream ends up being System.err (at least, that's what the comments at the top 
A> of the test say).  At the same time, the call to shutdown Derby in these same 
A> test cases leads to a "shutdown ok" message being printed to System.out.
A> My theory, then, is that the error messages from the negative test cases (which 
A> are going to System.err) are overlapping arbitrarily with the "shutdown ok" 
A> message (which is going to System.out) and the result is an intermittent diff 
A> (because the overlapping output isn't consistent).  At least, that would explain 
A> the intermittent diff that I'm seeing.
A> As a proof of concept, I changed the "System.out" that is in the shutdownDerby() 
A> method to be "System.err", thus forcing both the negative test case messages and 
A> the "shutdown ok" messages to the same stream, which in turn means that they 
A> will always show up in the same order w.r.t each other, and thus the 
A> intermittent diff _should_ go away.
A> After making this change, the intermittent diff that I was seeing did in fact go 
A> away--but then I saw another one caused by the "Test errorStream finished 
A> successfully" message.  The same theory applies there: this message is printed 
A> to System.out right after the final derbyShutdown() method is called, and since 
A> I changed the "shutdown ok" message to print to System.err, that means that it 
A> was intermittently overlapping with the "finished successfully" message.  I then 
A> fixed this problem by changing the "finished successfully" method to print to 
A> System.err, as well.
A> All of that said, I think I've found the cause of the problem (System.err and 
A> System.out are overlapping), but I'm not sure what the best solution is.  It 
A> seems like changing the "shutdown ok", "finished successfully", and "Test 
A> errorStream starting" (just to be safe) messages to use System.err would solve 
A> the problem, but that's not a very intuitive solution.  A better fix would be to 
A> somehow change the 'default error stream' (for cases when an error 
A> file/method/field doesn't exist) to be System.out--but is that even possible??
A> If anyone has any input here, please do speak up (it's quite possible I'm 
A> missing something).  Otherwise, though it's not very intuitive, we might need to 
A> change the above-mentioned messages to all print to System.err in order to avoid 
A> the intermittent diff(s)...
A> Comments?
A> Army
Dag H. Wanvik
Sun Microsystems, Web Services, Database Technology Group
Haakon VII gt. 7b, N-7485 Trondheim, Norway
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