JDK-6524172 : (se) Selector.wakeup on Selector interrupted by close can throw NullPointerException
  • Type: Bug
  • Component: core-libs
  • Sub-Component: java.nio
  • Affected Version: 6
  • Priority: P3
  • Status: Resolved
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: linux
  • CPU: x86
  • Submitted: 2007-02-12
  • Updated: 2011-12-16
  • Resolved: 2007-03-10
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6u18Fixed 7 b10Fixed
Redhat FC6 Linux 2.6.19-1.2895.fc6 #1 SMP
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.6.0-b105, mixed mode, sharing) 

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The following code produces the following exception:

       at sun.nio.ch.EPollSelectorImpl.wakeup(EPollSelectorImpl.java:170)
       at net.jxta.impl.endpoint.tcp.TcpTransport.stopApp(TcpTransport.java:841)

According to the API, a call to Selector.wakeup() is not required after calling Selector.close(), and arguably the call is not required, however EPollSelectorImpl should not throw an NPE.

       Thread temp = messengerSelectorThread;
       if (null != temp) {
           try {
           } catch (IOException failed) {
               if (LOG.isLoggable(Level.SEVERE)) {
                   LOG.log(Level.SEVERE, "IO error occured while closing server socket", failed);

       // in case interrupt did not wakeup the Selector
Line:841>>>        messengerSelector.wakeup();

EVALUATION Yes, there's a bug here. It also duplicates on Solaris with the /dev/poll Selector and on Linux with the poll Selector. The close causes the Selector to wakeup and reset its interrupt status. The close then releases the Selector's resources including the poll object. A subsequent wakeup on the closed Selector throws NPE as the poll object is null.