[jbossts-issues] [JBoss JIRA] Commented: (JBTM-353) XAResourceRecovery has wrong conceptual model

Robert Klemme (JIRA) jira-events at lists.jboss.org
Wed May 14 03:55:26 EDT 2008

    [ http://jira.jboss.com/jira/browse/JBTM-353?page=comments#action_12412689 ] 
Robert Klemme commented on JBTM-353:

I also wonder whether there is a more "compatible" way to handle recovery.  What I mean is this: currently a JCA connector has to make its XAResources either Serializable or implement XAResourceRecovery. It seems this would somewhat limit compatibility because a plain JCA standard connector obviously does not come with either of these modifications.

Now, if we assume that the XAResource of a JCA connection has access to *all* recovery information in the EIS (and this is the point where I am unsure whether this is a valid assumption) then any JCA connection to the same instance would suffice and could be used for recovery.  In that case, basically the information contained in XYZ-ds.xml would be sufficient to open a connection and do recovery via its XAResource.

To make this more robust an additional flag could be added to the datasource XML indicating whether this JCA connection is capable of recovering across connections.  So recovery via a newly created connection would only be attempted if the flag was set to true.  Otherwise current behavior (using XAResourceRecovery) would be retained.

> XAResourceRecovery has wrong conceptual model
> ---------------------------------------------
>                 Key: JBTM-353
>                 URL: http://jira.jboss.com/jira/browse/JBTM-353
>             Project: JBoss Transaction Manager
>          Issue Type: Task
>      Security Level: Public(Everyone can see) 
>          Components: Recovery
>    Affects Versions: 4.3.0.GA
>            Reporter: Jonathan Halliday
>         Assigned To: Jonathan Halliday
>             Fix For: 4.4.CR1
> XAResourceRecovery is based on an iterator model:
>     public boolean initialise (String p) throws SQLException;
>     public boolean hasMoreResources ();
>     public XAResource getXAResource () throws SQLException;
> However, XAResourceRecovery instances are created once at recovery manager startup. This means there is only ever one recovery pass that actually returns resources. On later passes the iterator is exhausted and returns nothing. This is the wrong model. XAResources are not individual entities in need of recovery. Rather they are entities from which a list of Xids in need of recovery can be retrieved. If the configuration of the underlying system does not change, the set of XAResources should remain constant over time, being one per known resource manager. On each recovery pass the list of in-doubt Xids returned by a recover scan on that resource many change.
> The model should change to follow that used by JCA ResourceAdapter:
> public XAResource[] getXAResources()
> The recovery pass would then obtain and walk the array rather than using the current iterator model.
> Additionally the exception types should be more generic. SQLException assumes the resource manager is a db, which may not be the case.
> This will also impact the recovery examples, which implement this interface.

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