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From "Udovichenko, Nellya" <>
Subject RE: New HOWL version in Geronimo
Date Thu, 04 May 2006 13:23:38 GMT

1.0.0 contains several bug fixes, for example:
  BUG 304291: BlockLogBuffer computes non-portable checksums
  BUG 300956: LogOverflowException causes application to hang
  BUG 304299: JUnit test cases hang randomly
and several new features, like added Maven 2 pom build file, synchronized log files access
and so on. 

See for more details. 

Also a new HOWL 1.0.1 release containing more bug fixes is available now. So, we may consider
to use this version in Geronimo. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Dillon [] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 11:46 PM
Subject: Re: New HOWL version in Geronimo

0.1.11 to 1.0.0 appears like a major jump... What else has changed?


-----Original Message-----
From: "Udovichenko, Nellya" <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2006 14:14:53 
Subject: New HOWL version in Geronimo

Now version of HOWL in Geronimo is 0.1.11. What do you think about its replacing with new
one 1.0.0?
Some problems are fixed in new HOWL version. One of them is of importance for correct Geronimo
class org.objectweb.howl.log.BlockLogBuffer from howl-logger-0.1.11.jar throws 
org.objectweb.howl.log.InvalidLogBufferException over check-up of log files availability
using HOWL classes when we start Geronimo by command: java -jar bin/server.jar. 
Because it checks files' validity if they exist. One of verified parameters is the file content
control sum. 
One value of this parameter is read from file header and another is calculated by function
If Geronimo is launched on one JDK at first and then - on another, class BlockLogBuffer can
exception because algorithms of function hashCode() can be different and values of the checksum
equal accordingly. 
This is bug in HOWL classes
In new HOWL version 1.0.0 it is fixed by introduction of new boolean parameter. When the parameter

equals 'false', control sum is calculated using hashCode() function. Otherwise the calculation
is performed
using ADLER-32 algorithm. If the jar with new HOWL version is added to maven repository and
sources are patched by using new parameter the exception won't appear. 
This is not a critical bug; however, I think it is better to use HOWL 1.0.0 for correct Geronimo
launching on various JDK. 
Any ideas? 
Thanks, Nellya Udovichenko,
Intel Middleware Products Division

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