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

Lincoln Baxter III (JIRA) jira-events at lists.jboss.org
Wed Aug 22 13:25:15 EDT 2012

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Lincoln Baxter III commented on CDI-206:

It sounds like this issue needs to be raised with the Servlet 3.1 Spec - to extend the Exception handling functionality to the entire container, not just for Servlets, Filters, and certain Listeners.
> 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.EDR
>            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.
> {quote}
> and
> {quote}
> 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.
> {quote}
> 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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