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From Rick McGuire <>
Subject Is java.endorsed.dirs actually working?
Date Wed, 27 Sep 2006 15:11:21 GMT
I've been wrestling with a Yoko ORB problem when running under Java 5.  
When running on 1.4.2, the Yoko ORB works fine because the native JVM 
doesn't include an implementation of 
org.omg.PortableInterceptor.IORInterceptor_3_0.  Because there's no 
conflict, the yoko version is getting loaded. 

With Sun's Java 5 impl, there is a version of 
org.omg.PortableInterceptor.IORInterceptor_3_0 that's incompatible with 
the CORBA standard (and also the Yoko implementation).  The Sun version 
is getting picked up, cause ORB initialization failures.  This is 
occurring even though the yoko-spec-corba jar has been copied into 

I decided to try an experiment using the jetty-j2ee Geronimo assembly.  
I deleted the Xerces jars from the lib/endorsed directory.  I did this 
to convince myself that the java.endorsed.dirs mechanism was working 
correctly and the problem was due to me missing something with the yoko 
cofiguration.  I expected Geronimo to "fall over" during launch because 
of the missing jars.  To my surprise, it didn't. 

I instrumented one of the yoko classes, and add it load the 
IORInterceptor_3_0 class and org.w3c.dom.Element and dump the package 
information for these classes.  The Package information indicates both 
of these classes are resolving to the JVM native versions rather than 
the versions in lib/endorsed.  The java.endorsed.dirs appears to be set 
to the correct value, and the jar files are in the appropriate 
directory, but the classes don't appear to be getting picked up.

This was just the last experiment for a problem I've been chasing since 
Monday.  I'm getting extremely inconsistent results from using 
java.endorsed.dirs.  Right now, I have 4 situations in front of me:

1)  Simple standalone test case using Yoko ORB.
2)  Yoko unit tests using surefire plugin.
3)  Openejb Yoko unit tests using surefile plugin (setup was copied from 
the Yoko unit tests).
4)  Full Geronimo assembly using the Yoko ORB.

When running under Java 5, 1) and 2) work ok.  3) fails, even though the 
surefile tests (in theory) are running exactly the same way as 2).  4) 
also fails.  1), 3), and 4) all work fine under Java 1.4.2, but there's 
no conflict with the native IORInterceptor_3_0 class is that scenario.  
I spent most of yesterday wrestling with scenario 3), and never getting 
it to work.  Like scenario 4), the jar files are in the target endorsed 
directory and the java.endorsed.dirs is pointing to the correct 
location.  Right now, I'm completely stumped, and I'm wondering if this 
has every really worked in the Geronimo assembly.


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