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Re: [ecf-dev] Exception Handling of Remote Calls
- From: Peter Hermsdorf <peter.hermsdorf@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:28:27 +0200
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thanks for your response. I had a look at the class SerializableStatus.
From what i see that class is used for wrapping non-serializable
Exceptions, which is not my problem, because most "3rd party exceptions"
extend java.lang.Exception which implements Serializable.
So on server side these Exceptions would not get wrapped. (additionally
the method createNewExceptionFor(Throwable) would not add the original
stacktrace. that code is commented)
But the wrapped exception mechanism that I'm looking for would use
something very similar to that, probably that was your point ;)
My current problem is that I'm not finding a good point to intercept the
error handling on remote calls to do the wrapping of the original
exception (without hacking and building ecf code).
Maybe you have a pointer on how/where to do that.
Am 24.06.2014 16:08, schrieb Scott Lewis:
On 6/24/2014 5:23 AM, Peter Hermsdorf wrote:
i have a question regarding exception handling of remote calls which
is not specific to ecf, but needs to be solved using ecf ;)
When doing remote calls which result in any kind of exception not
related to the remoting itself (eg. exceptions of 3rd party libraries
used on server side) they get serialized back to the client which
(most of the time) results in ClassNotFound Exception because the
library specific Exception class is not known at client side.
I would like to discuss ways to handle this kind of errors:
1) put all jars also on the client side
that would be the easiest but (from my point of view) also the worst
solution. Polluting the client with libraries which he only needs for
error display seems wrong to be. besides introducing additional
dependencies and larger deployment artifacts
2) catch "application" exceptions on server side and wrap them into a
"general" exception class which is also known on client side
catch Exceptions eg. in
and before deserializing the response back to the client wrap the
actual exception into a more general one (including copying call
that would be my preferred solution, but i'm not sure what is the
entry point to start with the implementation. Any hints are greatly
Best would be to have an implementation for this kind of error
handling which is not provider dependent...
3) catching all errors in the implementation of the remote service
and wrap them into this kind of general Exception
downside of this approach is a lot of boiler plate code in the remote
service implementation and a pollution of the implementation itself
with code which is only needed for error handling when called from
Any other approaches or suggestions how to handle this kind of errors?
I think you've identified the main approaches. FWIW, I agree that 1
is undesirable for the reasons you give.
WRT 2 and 3 (catching and wrapping exceptions in host implementation),
ECF provides two classes to help out with these strategies in
As the class names imply, these are serializable implementations of
the Equinox IStatus API. They also have logic to check for whether
the constructor-provided Throwable is serializable, and if not then a
general Exception is substituted in the status object (which is
Serializable). Of course they also have the IStatus/MultiStatus
hierarchical structure which can then be used across remote calls.
This doesn't solve the general problem, but I think it does provide
some useful structures to implement 2 and 3. Also, I'm open to
adding additional support, if other improvements can be identified.
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