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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 51744] JNDI Lookup Error after a Context is closed
Date Thu, 01 Dec 2011 23:17:40 GMT

--- Comment #14 from Leonid Mikhailov <> 2011-12-01 23:17:40 UTC
(In reply to comment #13)
> The correct exception is now thrown and the option to control whether or not an
> exception is thrown has been added to the StandardContext.
> Both of these changes have been made to trunk and 7.0.x and will be included in
> 7.0.23 onwards.


I just installed 7.0.23 and I still see "Context is read only" exception

In your previous message you mentioned:
> To quote from section EE.5.3.4 of the Java EE spec
> <quote>
> The container must ensure that the application component instances have only
> read access to their naming context. The container must throw the
> javax.naming.OperationNotSupportedException from all the methods of the
> javax.naming.Context interface that modify the environment naming context and
> its subcontexts.
> </quote>
> I would argue that the close() method is a method that "modifies the
> environment naming context" and therefore an exception should be thrown here.

I hoped to avoid an argument but... I believe you are not interpreting the spec
correctly. Here is a recommendation from a tutorial
explaining how one is supposed to work with Contexts:

"Normal garbage collection takes care of removing Context instances when they
are no longer in use. Connections used by Context instances being garbage
collected will be closed automatically. Therefore, you do not need to
explicitly close connections. Network connections, however, are limited
resources and for certain programs, you might want to have control over their
proliferation and usage." 

And here is a promoted usage pattern:
    // Create initial context
    DirContext ctx = new InitialDirContext(env);
    // Get a copy of the same context
    Context ctx2 = (Context)ctx.lookup("");
    // Get a child context
    Context ctx3 = (Context) ctx.lookup("ou=NewHires");
    // do something useful with ctx, ctx2, ctx3
    // Close the contexts when we're done

Closing a context has nothing to do with modifying it - you are just telling
the system that you are done with a resource and it can be safely released at
this time. Modifying a context means adding and/or deleting something from it. 

I have written a sample application that works as described above with no
logged exceptions in GlassFish and in all Tomcat versions prior to 7.0.22. 
I can send it to you if you like.

I don't believe the current implementation is correct. No exceptions should be
logged by default.



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