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From David Blevins <>
Subject Re: Singletons in Geronimo
Date Sat, 24 Oct 2009 00:33:33 GMT

On Oct 22, 2009, at 1:27 PM, Quintin Beukes wrote:

> Unfortunately the only way I could see how to get the @Startup working
> was to modify OpenEJB to create a property which gives the
> responsibility over to Geronimo, and there the only way was to create
> a new GBean which has it's lifecycle doStart() called after all EJBs
> are in the RUNNING state.
> I couldn't find a better way.

Very impressive that you could find the problem at all as well as a  
workable fix.  That code makes my brain hurt nearly every time I look  
at it.

I checked in the more generic Singleton code.  Left out the alternate  
startup code -- though it was actually pretty clever.

This chunk of code in GeronimoThreadContextListener was not there when  
we wrote the initial integration, so I went digging around as to why  
it was added (there shouldn't be any locking code in the integration  
at all, much less wait/notify):

At the 10,000 foot view, this chunk of code in  
GeronimoThreadContextListener must die:

	    synchronized (deploymentInfo) {
                 if (deploymentInfo.get(EjbDeployment.class) == null) {
                     if (!deploymentInfo.isDestroyed()) {
                         try {
                         } catch (InterruptedException e) {
                         log.warn("Wait on deploymentInfo interrupted  

Seems that code was added for GERONIMO-3780 which is essentially the  
same as the Singleton injection/lookup issue.  Both issues boil down  
to the fact that lookups may happen inside the EjbModuleImpl.start()  
method where ejbs are created by OpenEJB.  The wait/notify block works  
for MDBs as all their lookups will happen in other threads and not  
inside the startup thread.  With Singletons this is not the case, so  
the startup thread ends up waiting on its own thread and a deadlock  

Ultimately, this is flawed and the data that is required in  
GeronimoThreadContextListener needs to be made available in some way  
before we call EjbModuleImpl.start().  I talked it over with David  
Jencks and the EjbDeployment objects are available when the  
EjbModuleImpl gbean is start.  Then we should be able to hand them  
directly to the GeronimoThreadContextLister *before* asking OpenEJB to  
create the EJBs (and subsequently do lookups).  When the  
contextEntered method is called we can complete any initialization as  
at that point we will have the CoreDeploymentInfo object and can hook  
it up with the EjbDeployment object.

So we should be able to get a solution in there that removes all  
locking code, works for singletons and mdbs, and doesn't require a new  
OpenEJB release.  Finger's crossed anyway :)

Thanks for all the work bringing it this far.  Really you did all the  
hard work.  Very *very* appreciated.



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