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From "Knut Anders Hatlen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (DERBY-4624) Broken logic for avoiding testing across midnight in TimestampArithTest
Date Wed, 21 Apr 2010 10:32:50 GMT
Broken logic for avoiding testing across midnight in TimestampArithTest

                 Key: DERBY-4624
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-4624
             Project: Derby
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Test
    Affects Versions:
            Reporter: Knut Anders Hatlen
            Priority: Minor

TimestampArithTest's decorator has this code to avoid failures in case the test starts close
to midnight:

				 * Make sure that we are not so close to midnight that TODAY
				 * might be yesterday before we are finished using it.
				while (calendar.get(Calendar.HOUR) == 23
						&& calendar.get(Calendar.MINUTE) >= 58) {
					try {
						Thread.sleep((60 - calendar.get(Calendar.SECOND)) * 1000);
					} catch (InterruptedException ie) {
						// ignore it

There are at least three problems with this code:

1) (calendar.get(Calendar.HOUR) == 23) never evaluates to true, because calendar.get(Calendar.HOUR)
returns values in the range 0-11. Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY should be used instead.

2) If the current time is after 23:58 and before 23:59, the code sleeps until 23:59, the test
will wait until 23:59 before it starts, making it even more likely that it will cross midnight
while running.

3) The code is executed after the Calendar object has been initialized, so if this code is
ever triggered and waits until after midnight, the TODAY field is guaranteed to be yesterday
when the test starts executing.

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