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From Rick McGuire <>
Subject Re: Is java.endorsed.dirs actually working?
Date Wed, 27 Sep 2006 17:19:10 GMT
Ok, I've got it working 4-for-4 now, and I was right, it IS broken in 
Geronimo right now.  The missing piece is the -Djava.endorsed.dirs on 
the commandline.  It appears that setting this value in 
won't work.  It needs to be set on the commandline.


David Jencks wrote:
> On Sep 27, 2006, at 8:11 AM, Rick McGuire wrote:
>> 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 lib/endorsed.
>> 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.
> I have often wondered if our endorsed dir actually worked also... it's 
> always seemed somewhat unlikely :-)
> How is the endorsed dir set for 2) and 3), and how does the yoko jar 
> get onto the classpath?
> Does 2) involve an actual yoko jar or does it run off of unjarred 
> classes?
> Is anything different in esp. 4) if you set the endorsed dir on the 
> command line rather than letting geronimo set it after the jvm has 
> started more?
> thanks
> david jencks
>> Rick

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