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From "Caldarale, Charles R" <Chuck.Caldar...@unisys.com>
Subject RE: Tomcat & Cobertura
Date Tue, 20 Feb 2007 19:40:07 GMT
> From: dhay@lexmark.com [mailto:dhay@lexmark.com] 
> Subject: RE: Tomcat & Cobertura
> 
> Any idea what's hidden in tomcat5.exe that is different from
> running startup.bat, and prevents Cobertura from recognizing
> when the server is shutdown?

The service launcher (tomcat5.exe) has more control over the operation
of the JVM than the standard launcher (java.exe) does.  I have no idea
whether or not the service launcher makes use of that control.

For system properties, you can use the tomcat5w.exe utility to set or
examine the ones in use with the service.  Note that this utility also
has a provision for setting the working directory, although Tomcat
itself makes no use of that.

How is Cobertura supposed to get control during Tomcat termination?  If
it's using a lifetime listener as defined in the servlet spec, that
should function the same regardless of whether Tomcat is run from the
command prompt or as a service.  If Cobertura is relying on some other
mechanism (e.g., System.runFinalization() or
System.runFinalizersOnExit()), that can be problematic, since there's no
guarantee it will ever actually occur.

 - Chuck


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