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From Christopher Schultz <>
Subject Re: AJP-APR failures on Tomcat 7.0.16 with ISAPI Redirector 1.2.32
Date Tue, 23 Aug 2011 20:45:45 GMT
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On 8/23/2011 4:02 PM, Konstantin Prei├čer wrote:
> I see that you changed the flush() method in the decorator class to
>  pass flush() calls to the underlying stream as long as the stream
> is set to be "active".
> The reason that I didn't make this call-through was because it
> seems that flush() is the only method called by the ImageIO (when
> the Image Writer is garbage collected), and by preventing any 
> pass-through of flush(), no errors can occur.
> When flush() of the decorator class passes its call to the original
>  stream as long as it's active, there may be a race condition
> between the request processing thread of the Servlet and the GC
> thread which collects the Image Writer, which possibly (but highly
> unlikely) could cause a flush() call (from GC thread) on the
> already closed stream, even if the "isActive" flag is volatile
> (please correct me if I'm wrong - I'm not a expert in how GC is
> working).

I added the flush() pass-through in case you actually wanted to flush
the stream. It seems reasonable that you might want to flush the
buffer at some point, and turning flush() into a no-op didn't seem
like a good idea.

I would expect the image writer to be available for GC after the
request was processed, but I guess the request could have operations
after the ImageIO is actually done and you're right: the GC could
kick-in virtually at any time. If you use your wrapper class as a
fire-and-forget kind of thing while maintaining the original reference
to the OutputStream, I suppose you still have complete control over
flushing that underlying stream.

> Also, it seems that ImageIO is calling flush() a few times while 
> writing an image, and I wanted to avoid the unnecessary flush() 
> calls. ;-)

That's a different story :)

- -chris
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