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From Matthew Broadhead <>
Subject Re: xalan usage in taglibs
Date Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:07:15 GMT
In TomEE 7.0.3 everything is fine at startup.  But if a webapp is 
reloaded I get
java.lang.ClassCastException: org.apache.xml.dtm.ref.DTMManagerDefault 
cannot be cast to org.apache.xml.dtm.DTMManager
and the whole container needs to be restarted which is not ideal during 

Now in TomEE 7.0.4 I cannot even start without this error so I cannot 

It seems like a classloader issue but taglibs is the only hardcoded 
dependency on xalan

On 27/11/2017 01:12, Jeremy Boynes wrote:
>> On Nov 26, 2017, at 2:17 PM, Matthew Broadhead <>
>> So to run the tests I could reverse the changes of the commit and then update to
javax.xml.* and run tests?
>> I am still struggling a bit to understand exactly what is happening wrt VariableStack
and how I can change over to XPathVariableResolver.  And also don't see a way to replace XBoolean,
XNumber, XString etc...
>> I will keep trying things.   Can I come back to you with specific queries?
> I did experiment with a pure JAXP based solution - there’s a patch <>
attached to #27717 that might be a place to start from. You may need to roll back a bit to
get it to apply.
>  From what I remember, the performance problem stemmed from the evaluation of XPath inside
the loop, with both Xalan and JAXP (which used a shaded version of Xalan) reinitializing the
DTM each time leading to N * N scaling. The fix was to use Xalan’s API directly to convert
the document’s DOM to a DTM once and then apply the XPath against the DTM each time leading
to 1 * N scaling.
> The downside is that there was a direct dependency on Xalan 2.7.1. I think we tried using
2.7.2 but there was some other problem with that I can’t find at the moment. Given the stability
of Xalan/Xerces, what’s causing the conflict with FOP?

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