Bug #6966 Fallback not working
Submitted: 2 Dec 2004 21:29 Modified: 17 Jan 2005 15:08
Reporter: Mark Matthews Email Updates:
Status: Closed Impact on me:
Category:Connector / J Severity:S3 (Non-critical)
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Assigned to: Mark Matthews

[2 Dec 2004 21:29] Mark Matthews
I'm using Connector/J 3.0.15 with JBoss 3.2 to connect to MySQL 4.1.7.
I'm trying to use the failover feature. When the primary DB goes down, the first query fails, and JBoss creates a new connection, which is correctly connecting to the secondary DB.
The problem is that when the primary DB goes back up, the connection never falls back to it - and continues to be connected to the secondary DB forever.

I'm pretty sure this used to work when I was using an older version of Connector/J (maybe 3.0.10).

Looking at the Connection.java code, I see that pingAndReconnect() [the only function which calls shouldFallBack()] is only called if needsPing is true. However, for a new connection created to the secondary DB (when the primary one is down), needsPing is never set.

Is this by design? Is there any way I can get the functionality I expect (check periodically if the primary DB is back up and fall back to it)?



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[2 Dec 2004 21:51] Uri Bernstein
Just adding a comment so I will get notifications, as per Mark's suggestion (thanks, Mark!).
[20 Dec 2004 23:08] Mark Matthews
Thank you for your bug report. This issue has been committed to our
source repository of that product and will be incorporated into the
next release.

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This will be in Connector/J 3.0.17, (merging fix into 3.1.6 and 3.2.0 right now), which should be released before the end of this month.
[17 Jan 2005 11:37] Uri Bernstein
I tried this on 3.1.6 (where, I understand, it is considered to be fixed).
It still doesn't seem to work for me, apparently because I have autocommit set to flase. shouldFallBack() is called only from execSQL(), and only when autoCommit is true.
While I agree that trying to fallback at the middle of a transaction is a bad idea, I think that in case autommit is false, fallback should be attempted in commit() and rollback().

Also, when I tried using autocommit=true, I ran into an infinite recursion which I submitted as bug 7952.
[17 Jan 2005 15:08] Mark Matthews
Use the configuration property 'reconnectAtTxEnd' to get the behavior you're asking for.