RFR for JDK-7168267: TEST_BUG: Cleanup of rmi regression tests (activation and others)

Stuart Marks stuart.marks at oracle.com
Fri Dec 20 02:47:08 UTC 2013

Hi Tristan,

Changes mostly look good.

There is an ignored InterruptedException in both versions of 
UseCustomSocketFactory.java, but that was there already; it's not clear what 
should be done in this case anyway. This is something to keep in mind for a 
future cleanup. Hm, some duplicate code here as well, again something to think 
about for the future.

There is a serious problem with the change to ReadTimeoutTest.java, however. The 
change removes the (old) line 72, which is

     TestIface stub = impl.export();

probably because there was an IDE warning that the variable "stub" is unused. 
This much is true, but it's essential for impl.export() to be called, because 
that exports the object, which creates a socket using the socket factory, which 
eventually results in the fac.whichPort() call below returning the port that was 
open. In the absence of the export() call, whichPort() returns zero which causes 
the test to abort immediately.

In addition, the refactoring to use try-with-resources changes the order of 
execution of certain code, and it changes the scope of things handled by the 

One purpose of the finally-block is to unexport the remote object so it makes 
sense to begin the try-block immediately following the export. The original code 
did this (well, only after a benign local variable declaration). The change 
moves the try-block few lines down, which means there is a larger window of time 
within which the finally-block won't be executed. This isn't obviously a 
problem, but it's a change nonetheless.

Also, the change alters the order of opening the client socket and the 
"connecting to listening port" message, so the message comes after the port is 
opened, instead of before. Again, an apparently small change, but if there's an 
exception opening the port, the port number being opened won't be printed out.

The main point of the changes to this file, however, is good, which is to 
replace the unsafe use of multi-thread access to a boolean array and polling of 
that value, with a CountDownLatch. So that part of the change should go in. The 
problem is the apparently innocuous code cleanups (use of try-with-resources, 
removal of apparently unused local variable) which cause the test to break or 
otherwise change its behavior.

I could go ahead and push this changeset, omitting the changes to 
ReadTimeoutTest.java. Or, you could update the changeset to revert all of the 
changes to ReadTimeoutTest.java except for those necessary to implement the use 
of CountDownLatch. Either way is fine with me.

Which would you prefer?


On 12/18/13 6:51 AM, Tristan Yan wrote:
> Hi Everyone
> Please review the code fix for bug JDK-7168267
> http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~tyan/JDK-7168267/webrev.01/ 
> <http://cr.openjdk.java.net/%7Etyan/JDK-7168267/webrev.01/>
> This is a cleanup for RMI tests. trying to use real timeout to replace a fixed 
> number of loop.
> Thank you
> Tristan
> On 12/12/2013 05:33 AM, Stuart Marks wrote:
>> On 12/10/13 6:10 PM, Tristan Yan wrote:
>>> /Hi everyone
>>> I am working on bug JDK-7168267
>> Correct link is
>> https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-7168267
>>> Root Cause:
>>> - Per Stuart's comment, this is a clean up bug.
>>> Suggested Fix:
>>> - Will use timeout to replace loop.
>> We should probably look at specific cases for this. There are places where 
>> the test is waiting for some external service to become ready (e.g., 
>> rmiregistry). There's no notification for things like this so 
>> wait-with-timeout cannot be used. Pretty much the only thing that can be done 
>> is to poll reasonably often until the service is ready, or until the timeout 
>> is exceeded.
>>> - Also I am fixing two test's performance
>>> java/rmi/activation/Activatable/forceLogSnapshot - method waitAllStarted is
>>> using sleep to poll 50 restartedObject to be true, we can use modern
>>> CountDownLatch to implement blocking-time wait.
>>> java/rmi/activation/Activatable/checkAnnotations - We can subclass
>>> ByteArrayOutputStream which support notification when data was written. Also 
>>> use
>>> two thread wait output string and error string to be not null.
>> These sound reasonble. Go ahead and file sub-tasks for these and then choose 
>> one to work on first. (I think it will get too confusing if we try to work on 
>> them all simultaneously.) Either post a detailed description of what you 
>> intend to do, or if it's simple enough, just post a webrev.
>> s'marks
>>> Please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions.
>>> / /
>>> Thank you
>>> Tristan
>>> On 12/05/2013 09:02 AM, Stuart Marks wrote:
>>> /
>>>> /On 12/3/13 11:05 PM, Tristan Yan wrote:
>>>> /
>>>>> /I am working on https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-7168267. This 
>>>>> bug is
>>>>> asking performance improvement for RMI test. Because this would involve
>>>>> different RMI tests. I’d like to use this cr as an umbrella bug, create 
>>>>> sub-cr
>>>>> for different test. Then I can make progress on sub-cr. Please let me know 
>>>>> your
>>>>> opinion on this.
>>>>> /
>>>> /
>>>> Actually JDK-7168267 is more about various test cleanups, and JDK-8005436 is
>>>> more about performance. Both bugs, though, make general statements about "the
>>>> RMI tests" and don't have much information about specific actions that need to
>>>> be taken. I've added some notes to JDK-7168267 about some cleanups that could
>>>> be done.
>>>> / /
>>>> If there are specific actions for either of these bugs, then yes, creating
>>>> Sub-Tasks of these bugs and fixing them individually is the right thing to do.
>>>> / /
>>>> s'marks
>>>> /
>>> /
>>> /

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