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From Gianny Damour <>
Subject Re: svn commit: r712326 - in /geronimo/server/trunk: framework/modules/geronimo-kernel/src/main/java/org/apache/geronimo/kernel/classloader/ framework/modules/geronimo-kernel/src/main/java/org/apache/geronimo/kernel/config/ framework/modules/geronimo-kerne...
Date Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:38:25 GMT
Hi Joe,

Thanks for your investigations. This is a very good catch.

Based on a cursory review of GeronimoTldLocationsCache, I believe  
that the implementation can be improved to remove such a weird  
instanceof identification mechanism, which is fragile and increases  
coupling to Geronimo class loading internals. Furthermore, the  
implementation simply skips any logic, e.g. class loading logic,  
which is encapsulated within a class loader. An integration analogy  
would be to directly retrieve stuff from a database instead of going  
through the application layer providing relevant business logic to  
retrieve the stuff you are looking for.

My understanding is that ClassLoader.getResources() can be used to  
implement GeronimoTldLocationsCache.scanJars without requiring any  
dependency on MCCL and CCCL.


On 21/11/2008, at 6:39 AM, Joe Bohn wrote:

> I finally just checked in a fix for this.  Turned out it wasn't  
> related to the resource processing in the classloader ... but  
> rather to the jasper navigation of the classloader hierarchy that  
> had to be extended for the new ChildrenConfigurationClassLoader.   
> See
> Joe
> Joe Bohn wrote:
>> I think I'm getting it narrowed down a bit.  It seems that when  
>> ChildrenConfigurationClassLoader.getResource(name) is called it  
>> never actually resulting in invoking  
>> MultiParentClassLoader.getResource(name) (at least not in this case).
>> The MPCL should have been passed in when the CCCL was constructed.  
>> CCCL.getResource calls super.getResource (super being  
>> SecureClassLoader) which should ultimately result in  
>> MPCL.getResource being invoked - but that doesn't seem to be  
>> happening.  Perhaps we should update CCCL.getResource to directly  
>> invoke MPCL.getResource rather than super.getResource?
>> I guess the other possibility is that the parent isn't what I  
>> think it should be ... still investigating.
>> Joe
>> Joe Bohn wrote:
>>> Gianny Damour wrote:
>>>> On 19/11/2008, at 5:19 AM, Joe Bohn wrote:
>>>>> Joe Bohn wrote:
>>>>>> Just a heads up that I *think* there are still some issues  
>>>>>> with this change.
>>>>>> It appears that the hiddenResource processing from the  
>>>>>> MultiParentClassloader was removed.
>>>>> Correction ... it was not removed but rather changed and  
>>>>> relocated.  I'm still looking to understand why this is causing  
>>>>> a problem.
>>>> Hi,
>>>> Indeed, I changed the implementation to properly encapsulate  
>>>> class loading rules. The new implementation is way cleaner this  
>>>> way; when my frustration coming from reported issues will  
>>>> reduce, I may use this better encapsulation to add import and  
>>>> export class loading rules.
>>> I agree that what you added for the ClassLoadingRules is cleaner.  
>>> However, I think it might be the ChildrenConfigurationClassLoader  
>>> and it's replacement of MultiParentClassLoader in the  
>>> Configuration that might be causing us problems.  The testsuite  
>>> failures that I mentioned are failing as well as nearly all of  
>>> the jstl tck tests since this change.  Perhaps it is working as  
>>> designed, but it seems strange to me that as we process the  
>>> "parent" classloaders they are all of type  
>>> "ChildrenConfigurationClassLoader" when they used to be  
>>> "MultiParentClassLoaders".
>>> BTW, I've verified that these tests were not failing prior to  
>>> this change and begin to fail with just the change a few other  
>>> necessary changes (the reverting of the xsd changes and fixing  
>>> the dependency history files).
>>>>> I think this has resulted in some
>>>>>> testsuite failures involving tld processing.  There are  
>>>>>> failures in the web-testsuite/test-2.1-jsps and web-testsuite/ 
>>>>>> test-myfaces tests.  I'm looking at what would be necessary to  
>>>>>> add in the hiddenResource logic again hoping that will resolve  
>>>>>> the issue.
>>>>>> This is a really nice feature and it is great to have the  
>>>>>> capability. However could you please run the testsuite in the  
>>>>>> future to avoid problems like this (especially when  
>>>>>> introducing fundamental changes like this)?
>>>> If this is indeed a bug related to this change, then let's  
>>>> ensure that we have a proper unit test to prevent regression.  
>>>> Let's also ensure that this test is collocated with the proper  
>>>> component to improve cohesion. I have been observing various  
>>>> changes, many of them do not have proper unit tests and this  
>>>> causes problems further down the path as other developers can  
>>>> not safely change code.
>>> I'm fine with that, but I'm sure there are probably a number of  
>>> more obscure situations that aren't covered by the unit tests ...  
>>> they can only do so much.  That's one of the reasons for the  
>>> testsuite.
>>>> Regarding private-classes, the current Geronimo <-> OpenEJB DD  
>>>> coupling is unfortunate. Does the OpenEJB deployer needs to know  
>>>> about the Geronimo environment? If it does not need to know  
>>>> about it, then let's strip from the DD the environment element  
>>>> and pass to OpenEJB the stripped version. This will reduce a  
>>>> little bit coupling. Another approach is to transform the  
>>>> Geronimo DD into an OpenEJB supported DD when it is handed over  
>>>> to OpenEJB (in this case, we simply remove the private-classes).  
>>>> The creation of a canonical DD representation between Geronimo  
>>>> and OpenEJB will reduce coupling.
>>>> I let you re-revert the private-classes change.
>>> I can't unrevert these changes since I'm not a committer on  
>>> OpenEJB ... but perhaps we should wait on that anyway until we  
>>> resolve the JSTL problems.
>>>> Thanks,
>>>> Gianny
>>>>>> BTW, I'd personally like to see the plan changes re-introduced  
>>>>>> for private-classes if it turns out that we need an OpenEJB  
>>>>>> release anyway (and at this point in time I think that is the  
>>>>>> case).  I think users are  more accustomed to using  
>>>>>> declarative plans for this type of thing at the moment and  
>>>>>> would find this helpful.
>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>> Joe
>>> removed content of original change from this discussion thread.

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