Re: Findbugs and locks?

Jeff Higgins <>
Wed, 30 Jul 2008 13:59:07 -0400
Knute Johnson wrote:

Jeff Higgins wrote:

Knute Johnson wrote:

Findbugs gives the warning "Method does not release lock on all
exception paths" on a method like the one below. Could it be because
the lock is from an array of locks and it can't determine which? Or
is it because you could put code outside of the try/finally block
that could leave without unlocking the lock? Any other ideas? It
can't leave the method without unlocking can it?

Produces no bug reports using FindBugs
in Eclipse 3.3

import java.util.concurrent.locks.ReentrantReadWriteLock;
import java.util.concurrent.locks.ReentrantReadWriteLock.WriteLock;

public class SSCCE {

  ReentrantReadWriteLock lockArray[] =
    new ReentrantReadWriteLock[5];

  void method(int n) throws IOException {

    if (n < lockArray.length) {
      ReentrantReadWriteLock rrwl = lockArray[n];
      WriteLock lock = rrwl.writeLock();
      try {
        // do some disk I/O
      } finally {

  public static void main(String[] args) {



Putting the lock() call inside the try/finally block does stop findbugs
from complaining. I put it on the outside because that is the way that
Goetz showed in his book, Java Concurrency In Practice. He does mention
that you must consider what happens if an exception is thrown outside of
the try block. I suppose findbugs complains about my code is it is
possible to throw an exception between the lock and the try even though
I have no code there.

I don't know for sure what the ramifications are of putting the lock
inside the try block but I can't think of any at the moment.

Sorry for the confusion, I too quickly posted an experimental version.
I can't figure out what exception path the following might close, but
FindBugs does not produce a bug report for the following:

import java.util.concurrent.locks.ReentrantReadWriteLock;
import java.util.concurrent.locks.ReentrantReadWriteLock.WriteLock;

public class SSCCE {

   static ReentrantReadWriteLock lockArray[];
   static {
     lockArray =
       new ReentrantReadWriteLock[5];
     for (int i=0; i<lockArray.length; i++)
       lockArray[i] = new ReentrantReadWriteLock();

   static void method(int n) throws IOException {

     WriteLock lock = lockArray[n].writeLock();
     try {
       // do some disk I/O
     } finally {

   public static void main(String[] args) {}

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