[cdi-dev] [JBoss JIRA] (CDI-206) Conversation related exceptions cannot be handled

Jozef Hartinger (Created) (JIRA) jira-events at lists.jboss.org
Tue Jan 3 10:16:10 EST 2012

Conversation related exceptions cannot be handled

                 Key: CDI-206
                 URL: https://issues.jboss.org/browse/CDI-206
             Project: CDI Specification Issues
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: Contexts
    Affects Versions: 1.1.EDR1
            Reporter: Jozef Hartinger
             Fix For: 1.1 (Proposed)

This issue emerged after adding support for conversations as part of CDI-80

The spec says:
{quote}The conversation associated with a Servlet request is determined at the beginning of the request before calling any
service() method of any servlet in the web application, calling the doFilter() method of any servlet filter in the web
application and before the container calls any ServletRequestListener or AsyncListener in the web application.


If the propagated conversation cannot be restored, the container must associate the request with a new transient conversation and throw an exception of type javax.enterprise.context.NonexistentConversationException.

The container ensures that a long-running conversation may be associated with at most one request at a time, by blocking
or rejecting concurrent requests. If the container rejects a request, it must associate the request with a new transient conversation and throw an exception of type javax.enterprise.context.BusyConversationException.

The conversation association is supposed to be done before any servlet, filter or listener is invoked. If the association fails (due to NonexistentConversationException or BusyConversationException), the application has no way of handling this failure gracefully. The Servlet error-page mechanism cannot be used portably because it is only handling uncaught exceptions thrown from a servlet / filter. Similarly, a commonly used exception handling mechanism - an outer filter that catches every uncaught exception, cannot be used since the association failure does not occur within the filter invocation.

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