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Bug 25180

Summary: SwingBrowser - Deadlock while executing JSP
Product: cnd Reporter: Jiri Skrivanek <jskrivanek>
Component: TerminalemulatorAssignee: ivan <ivan>
Status: CLOSED FIXED QA Contact: ivan <ivan>
Priority: P1 CC: akemr, issues, jglick, ttran
Version: 3.xKeywords: THREAD
Target Milestone: 6.x   
Hardware: Sun   
OS: Solaris   
Issue Type: DEFECT Exception Report:
Bug Depends on:    
Bug Blocks: 25202    
Attachments: Thread dump
Thread dump
Deadlock with safe_way = false

Description Jiri Skrivanek 2002-06-26 12:42:43 UTC
Deadlock in IDE appears when you try to show a JSP
in Swing HTML Browser.
It started to happen from build 200206250100. It
worked correctly in build 200206240100. Tested on

Steps to reproduce:

- start IDE
- in the Setup wizard choose Swing HTML Browser as
your default web browser
- create JSP from template
- choose "Execute" from popup menu
- commit "Question" and "Information" dialogs
- after while IDE freezes (see attached thread
Comment 1 Jiri Skrivanek 2002-06-26 12:45:14 UTC
Created attachment 6430 [details]
Thread dump
Comment 2 _ ttran 2002-06-26 13:36:34 UTC
No, it's not SwingBrowser.  The brower is waiting for data from Tomcat
but the data never come.  Web module please investigate.
Comment 3 David Simonek 2002-06-26 13:46:32 UTC
This deadlock occured due to changes in OutputTabTerm, which now calls
Not a classic deadlock, Thread 21 is waiting for Compilation thread,
Compilation thread waits through OutputTabTerm for AWT thread, AWT
thread waits (externally, in native method) for socket read, which is
probably being held by thread 21, handling connection.
Comment 4 _ rkubacki 2002-06-26 14:01:07 UTC
Yes, looks that this is really regression due to changes in OutputTerm.

1) Swing browser tries to read response code of displayed HTML page
(ugly behaviour implemented in JDK that allows to redirect HTML pages
correctly). Thus it waits for data provided from JSP page processing.

2) JSP page that is processed in Tomcat has to be compiled. This is
done by call to IDE where org.netbeans.modules.tomcat40.autocompile
module performs real compilation. This requires some lock related to

3) Output term holds it and wants to print output of Tomcat processing
(there is a bunch of messages on startup) but can't access AWT queue. 

So I guess we should reconsider the changes in OutputTerm
Comment 5 Jesse Glick 2002-06-26 20:08:34 UTC
Issue #25202 is probably related. I agree that the use of
SwingUtilities.invokeNow is dangerous here, since Term cannot know who
is calling it. Admittedly there is bad scripting-module code in issue
#25202, and ugly Swing code here, but at least the Swing code we
cannot change, so we have to make Term safer.
Comment 6 _ rkubacki 2002-06-27 08:08:16 UTC
I agree with Jesse. Small comment to swing browser: although we can't
change JDK code we may attempt to workaround it in a similar way as
when debugger running. In sush case we don't try to get response code.
Disadvatage is that we don't support forwading, set mime type to
text/html and don't process info about locale.
Comment 7 David Strupl 2002-06-27 10:31:26 UTC
Created attachment 6466 [details]
Thread dump
Comment 8 David Strupl 2002-06-27 10:36:57 UTC
I have added thread dump of deadlock resulting from using scripting
console in today's build. I don't think it is a fault of scripting
module and I hope that it is relevant to this bug report.
Comment 9 rbalada 2002-06-27 13:46:35 UTC
if you're going to fix it before vacations, please commit your fix in
branch QBE200206260100 (Q-Build Emergency).
Comment 10 David Strupl 2002-06-28 10:18:23 UTC
Using invokeAndWait is wrong in OutputTabTerm - please study a
deadlock I have attached to this bug report.
The scenario is quite easy to reproduce:

1. someone tries to call Throwable.printStackTrace (from non-AWT
thread) --> it locks on the output stream (System.err)
2. invokeAndWait is called while holding the lock
3. someone wants to access System.err from AWT thread --> deadlock

From this I conclude that
should be non-blocking.

Following test should print a stack trace 11x. If I use internal
execution it is 100% deadlock on my machine.

import javax.swing.SwingUtilities;
public class DeadlockTest {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Runnable r = new Runnable() {
            public void run() {
                new Exception().printStackTrace();
        for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
        final Thread t = new Thread(r);
Comment 11 David Strupl 2002-06-28 12:52:40 UTC
I have commited a temporary fix to OutputTabTerm that calls
invokeLater instead of invokeAndWait. Please revisit and find a better
Comment 12 ivan 2002-06-28 23:33:58 UTC
I can't get Davids last example (with the postponed exception)
to lock up but I looked at the two attached stack traces.

On the JSP deadlock. What I see is the event dispatcher ultimately
calling a read(). Now read() is a system call that blocks
indefinitely. It is not the sort of thing that should be called from
a thread which is only allowed to do quick things.
I also don't believe it's neccessarily a Swing problem. It _is_
org.openide.awt.SwingBrowserImpl$SingBrowser that's
calling the getStream() that's causing the blockage! Should
it really do this?

On the scripting deadlock. The cause there is actually the
'synchronized' in appendText. That was added because parallel err
and output streams were vying for a single buffer. We should be able
to retain the main invokeAndWait() and just get rid of this
synchronized. Because it's tied to stderr and stdout coming
in parallel I suspect Davids little example is also suffering from
this. Since I can't reproduce it could verify this please David?
I.e. temporarily add in the invokeAndWait(), and take out the
synchronized and see what happens. 

On Davids temporary fixes.
They are incomplete. You cannot get a character array that comes in 
and pass it on to an invokeLater. You need to make a _copy_ of it.
Otherwise you'll get scenarios where some output is missing
and some output is duplicated. I'll try and commit this tonight.
Comment 13 ivan 2002-06-29 00:35:35 UTC
Added code to the implementations of OutputWriter which
use invokeNow() so they make copies of strings or character
arrays for each Runnable closure. 

Added a final boolean safe_mode = true to simplify switching
back and forth.
Comment 14 David Strupl 2002-07-01 10:44:37 UTC
Created attachment 6495 [details]
Deadlock with safe_way = false
Comment 15 David Strupl 2002-07-01 10:50:13 UTC
With safe_way = true the deadlock does not occur. Should I try
something more?
Comment 16 ivan 2002-07-02 20:08:20 UTC
A code-review of OutputWriter method overrides where I
make copies of buffers, would be nice.

I"m more concerned abpout that http connection in the AWT thread.
It has potential to cause trouble elsewhere and I'd like to see
it addressed.

Also, did you try to remove the 'synchronized' from the append text?
and see if the second deadlock goes away? (note: if you are in
safe mode that synchronized needs to be there, so if you want
to test make sure to set safe_mode to false).

I ultimately want to get back to using invokeAndWait(). 
Comment 17 _ ttran 2002-07-09 18:04:06 UTC
> I ultimately want to get back to using invokeAndWait()

Be careful, very careful.  IMO invokeAndWait() is evil.  If we use it
we cannot know for sure that the situation like the one happened in
this bug won't happen.

I am closing this bug as FIXED, because it's fixed.   We can continue
the discussion here to find a better fix if we desire.  But please do
it for the next release (4.0).  It's too late for 3.4 (because I
suspect the code change won't be trivial)
Comment 18 Jiri Skrivanek 2002-07-11 08:14:02 UTC
Verified in build 200207100100.
Comment 19 Quality Engineering 2003-07-01 16:31:45 UTC
Resolved for 3.4.x or earlier, no new info since then -> closing.
Comment 20 Quality Engineering 2008-12-23 08:08:43 UTC
moving terminal emulator issues to terminalemulator component.
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