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tpadvertisex(3c): a new cool Oracle Tuxedo 12.2 feature that works

I wrote before about tpadvertisex() and how it did not work for me

It does! The documentation of tpadvertisex() mentions “flags” argument but does not explain it’s usage. I assumed that it’s just a placeholder like some other Tuxedo functions have.

So I was working on some other project creating Python bindings for Oracle Tuxedo and needed a list of all error codes. And there it was in atmi.h:

/*Flags to tpadvertisex*/
#define TPSINGLETON        0x00000001  /* advertise the singleton service */
#define TPSECONDARYRQ       0x00000002 /* advertise the service on the secondary queue for the MSSQ server*/

Turns out this is just a documentation bug. I tried calling tpadvertisex() with both flags set and it worked as expected: I got a unique service for servers in MSSQ configuration. But since 2 flag values can be combined I also explored each of them. Until Oracle updates the documentation here are my observations:

  • flags=0 - tpadvertisex() works exactly like tpadvertise() does and advertises services on the main queue.

  • flags=TPSINGLETON - tpadvertisex() works like tpadvertise() does and advertises service on the main queue but it also checks that the service is unique and no other server advertises it. I get TPENOSINGLETON otherwise.

  • flags=TPSECONDARYRQ - tpadvertisex() advertises the service on the secondary request queue or returns TPENOSECONDARYRQ if it is not configured. It allows for multiple servers to advertise the same service- strange, but maybe there is a use for that. I also observed that MIB returned TA_RQADDR=UNKNOWN for these services, probably an indication it’s the secondary request queue.

  • flags=TPSINGLETON+TPSECONDARYRQ - tpadvertisex() advertises the service on the secondary request queue or returns TPENOSECONDARYRQ if it is not configured. It also checks that the service is unique and returns TPENOSINGLETON otherwise. Again, MIB returned TA_RQADDR=UNKNOWN for these services.

Here is a demo of tpadvertisex()