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Problem with JNDI in cluster in SAP WAS SS9

Hello, dear experts.

We have the following problem:

In a clustered SAP WAS SS9 on Win 2K/Oracle/JDK 1.4.2_07, if a server in the cluster is shut down its JNDI entries are still visible by other servers' initial context lookup calls.

Piece of code to reproduce is as follows:

package lookuptest;

import javax.naming.*;

import java.util.*;

public class LookupTest {

private static InitialContext ctx=null;

static {

final Properties props=new Properties();





try {

ctx=new InitialContext(props);

} catch (NamingException e) {




public LookupTest() {


public static synchronized String get(String name) throws NamingException {

return (String) ctx.lookup(name);


public static synchronized void put(String name, String value) throws NamingException, NameAlreadyBoundException {




// from JSP


String name=null;

try {



} catch (NamingException e) {

out.prinltn("Not Found!");

// not found

try {


} catch (NameAlreadyBoundException e) {




To reproduce:

Start up a cluster.

Run JSP from both servers in a cluster.

Shut down the SAP WAS server on the node that returned Not Found!.

Run JSP from another server - Found appears, although the originating server went down.

I would really appreciate any comments or suggestions.



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    Posted on Feb 21, 2005 at 03:42 PM

    In case someone else needs this here is a workaround: In order to solve our problem we've implemented a refresh algorythm ("leasing" strategy) which keeps the entry "fresh" (or leased) for a certain period of time by a server-side timer thread. If server stops refreshing it we assume it's down and clean the entry from JNDI.

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