Code Review Request: 7197662: (prefs) java/util/prefs/ fails by timeout or by "couldn't get file lock"

Alan Bateman Alan.Bateman at
Fri Nov 30 12:31:57 UTC 2012

On 30/11/2012 02:04, Kurchi Hazra wrote:
> Apologies for the extreme delay. I added the bug id, and checked that 
> setting the userRoot=. will result in the JTwork/scratch
> directory being used to store the preferences. I think we had 
> concluded that othervm is the correct choice for running a test
> when setting the -Djava.util.prefs.userRoot property.
> Updated webrev:
> Note that the -Djava.util.prefs.userRoot property is only honored by 
> Linux/Solaris implementations. Windows and Mac OS
> will continue to use the user's home directory, or the default 
> location that the respective platform uses to store
> preferences.
I think what you have is fine as it will address the case where the 
user's home directory is NFS/auto-mounted (which I think is where this 
issue comes up periodically).


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