[Mondrian] how to get a fresh connection to the olap server

John V. Sichi jsichi at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 21:30:54 EDT 2007

So the existing schema-edit pattern in BasicQueryTest.testBadMeasure1() 
is wrong in that it permanently edits the schema, correct?

Also, what is the correct pattern to use in the case of a test which 
doesn't need to make any schema modifications, but does need a fresh 
data cache?  A while back I tried to make sure that 
BasicQueryTest.testMemberOrdinalCaching would be impervious to data 
cache pollution from previously-run tests, but looking at it now, and 
knowing that the fresh=true argument is ignored, maybe I need to do 
something else?

     public void testMemberOrdinalCaching() {
         final MondrianProperties properties = 

         boolean saved = properties.CompareSiblingsByOrderKey.get();
         Connection conn = null;
         try {
             // Use a fresh connection to make sure bad member ordinals 
             // been assigned by previous tests.
             conn = getConnection(true);
             TestContext context = getTestContext(conn);
         } finally {
             if (conn != null) {


Julian Hyde wrote:
> The 'fresh' parameter is obsolete. I'll remove it.
> John tells me that you are adding support for creating testcases which
> have variations on the foodmart schema, and I suspect that this question
> is related to that. You should investigate the TestContext.create and
> TestContext.createSubstitutingCube methods, which do exactly that.
> These methods create a schema string on the fly, so you'll end up with a
> connection which shares another connection's catalog only in the
> extremely unlikely event that another connection asked for exactly the
> same catalog.
> I'll add a new connect string parameter 'UseSchemaPool' for future use,
> but I don't think you need it.
> Julian
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: mondrian-bounces at pentaho.org 
>> [mailto:mondrian-bounces at pentaho.org] On Behalf Of Khanh Vu
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 1:23 AM
>> To: mondrian at pentaho.org
>> Subject: [Mondrian] how to get a fresh connection to the olap server
>> Hi,
>> I am trying to get a fresh connection to the olap server with 
>> a private schema for one of my test case. I called 
>> mondrian.test.FoodMartTestCase.getConnection(boolean fresh) 
>> with fresh = true. After a chain, 
>> mondrian.olap.DriverManager.getConnection(...) get called. 
>> Its signature is
>> public static Connection getConnection(
>>     Util.PropertyList properties,
>>     CatalogLocator locator,
>>     DataSource dataSource,
>>     boolean fresh)
>> The comment on top of the method says if fresh is true then a 
>> new connection is created; if fresh is false then the 
>> connection may come from a pool. However, the body of that 
>> method does not make use of the fresh parameter at all. It 
>> always returns a new RolapConnection regardless value of 
>> fresh. (furthermore, that RolapConnection seems to always try 
>> to get the schema from a RolapSchema.Pool). I would highly 
>> appreciate if someone tell me why the fresh parameter ends up 
>> not being used in that method. 
>> Also, I would like to modify existing code to propagate that 
>> fresh parameter down to the constructor of RolapSchema and 
>> manipulate the connectionKey inside the constructor so that 
>> new schema will be created for the new connection (instead 
>> pulling a cached schema from the pool). Please advise if this 
>> would potentially cause problems.
>> Regards,
>> Khanh.
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