[jboss-user] [EJB/JBoss] - Need help with timeouts

eharoldw do-not-reply at jboss.com
Wed Feb 7 10:12:00 EST 2007


Sorry, this is a duplicate post but the subject got truncated on the last one and I didn't know how to modify the subject.

I have been trying to manage timeout on a stateless session bean. I have a client that is running in eclipse outside of jboss calling in to a running jboss server. The server then makes another call to a local service. I did this double hop because I wanted to test the timeout behavior for both remote and local calls.

The code looks something like this (a combination of pseudo code and real code used throughout):

record start time
stub = (MyInterface)JBossUtil.find(IP, "MyInterface/remote");
log elapsed time

public String ping(String value) {
try {
((EzRezBusinessServiceInterface) JBossUtil.find("localhost",
} catch (Exception e) {
return "error";

public String ping2(String value) {
for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++) {
try {
} catch (InterruptedException e) {
return value;

The find routine that both teh client and server use does the following:
Properties properties = new Properties();
properties.put(javax.naming.Context.URL_PKG_PREFIXES, "org.jboss.naming:org.jnp.interfaces");
properties.put(javax.naming.Context.PROVIDER_URL, providerUrl);
properties.put("jnp.disableDiscovery", (disableDiscovery == true) ? "true" : "false");
properties.put("jnp.timeout", "250"); // connection timeout in milliseconds
properties.put("jnp.sotimeout", "500"); // socket read timeout in milliseconds
return new InitialContext(properties).lookup(interfaceName);

The behavior is that the client always return in 10 seconds, as determined by the time taken to execute ping2.

I am trying to figure out how to change the timeout so that I can control this. I.e., I would like to be able to set something so that the client gets a timeout exception if the call takes more than 5 seconds.

I have tried setting the socket timeout in jboss-service.xml, and the transaction timeout in jta-service.xml. In the latter case, I can see some logs warning about transaction timeouts, but the client still takes 10 seconds to execute and seems to simply return the ping value rather than any timeout indications.

Can you help me know what configurations I should change to control the response time from a service call?

It would be ideal if I could control on individual calls in an interface. (I.e., ping1 must respond in 5 seconds but ping2 may take 10 seconds), but I won't be greedy right now. :-)


Harold Williams 

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