Bug #4572

Problem loading with sql:connect

Added by Radu Coravu about 1 month ago. Updated about 1 month ago.

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I do not have much experience with XSLT connecting to SQL, this is more of a discussion.

Let's say I have this JAR library "mysql-connector-java-5.1.42-bin.jar", if it's loaded in the same classpath with Saxon, then it can be used from the XSLT with sql:connect. But if I load the mysql JAR library in a separate class loader which I set on the current thread like this:


Saxon will not find the mysql library this way, maybe it can also use the context class loader from the current thread to try and find the driver.


#1 Updated by Michael Kay about 1 month ago

I was going to suggest you could customise the class loading using Configuration.setDynamicLoader; or you could preload the class and register it using Configuration.getDynamicLoader().registerKnownClasses.

But I see that Saxon doesn't actually use this for loading the JDBC driver. Instead (see line 173) it simply uses Class.forName(). But this is some kind of preloading: I don't understand what process the JDBC DriverManager then uses to find this loaded driver.

I see that the JDK7 documentation for DriverManager says "Applications no longer need to explictly load JDBC drivers using Class.forName(). Existing programs which currently load JDBC drivers using Class.forName() will continue to work without modification.".

Are you getting a failure from Class.forName()? Could you try commenting it out?

It seems that the recommended way of doing this these days is by using a named DataSource: see - we haven't updated this code in years.

Perhaps you could implement an extension function that you can use in place of Saxon's sql:connect to get a JDBC connection from a named datasource, i.e. implement

Context ctx = new InitialContext();
DataSource ds = (DataSource)ctx.lookup("jdbc/billingDB");
Connection con = ds.getConnection(user, password);
return con;

If that works, then we can integrate it into the product.

#2 Updated by Radu Coravu about 1 month ago

It all started from this forum thread:

we have Oxygen users who for some time now have added the "mysql-connector-java-5.1.42-bin.jar"" in the Oxygen "lib" folder so that it's loaded in the main class loader. We don't really want this, we don't want them to change Oxygen's installation folder in any way, each Oxygen transformation scenario has an Extensions list in which you can add JAR libraries, usually for extension function calls. The jar libraries added there are loaded in a separate classloader which is set as context class loader on the current thread. I have not had time to build an XSLT which actually works with a mysql connection on my side. I did not yet manage to find the Java source for "net.sf.saxon.option.sql.SQLConnect ", it is not in the Saxon HE sources zip file:

Somehow if you are calling Class.forName() on your side and it fails, can you also try as a fallback "Thread.currentThread().getContextClassLoader().loadClass(name)"?

#3 Updated by Michael Kay about 1 month ago

I'll give it a go but it may take a few days. Getting the environment right for running the SQL tests is always a bit tricky.

#4 Updated by Radu Coravu about 1 month ago

No hurry, it's just something which would be nice to have, thanks for considering this.

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