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Reliable way to check jdbc connection?

shepp_it asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-23

We have a program that runs daily. This program once a while returns a SQLException: connection reset, maybe due to network glitch or something. As a workaround, I created logic that checks connection prior to execution of SQL query, and if connection is lost then wait 30 seconds and reconnects.

I used an if statement with condition (connection == null) to see if connection is lost but I doesn't seem to be reliable way to check if connection is lost. (connection.isClosed()) wouldn't be a good practice either since isClosed() may return an exception if connection is lost.

So, my question is, what is the most reliable way to check if connection still exists?
//check if connection exists
        if(conn == null){
            Wait.waitFor(30); //wait for 30 seconds if connection is lost
            System.out.println("waited 30 seconds!");
            conn = db.Con;
                    System.out.println("Error at CheckConnection(Connection): Establishing connection attempted but still closed");
                    System.out.println("Connection re-established");
            }catch(SQLException e){
                System.out.println("Error at CheckConnection(Connection): Connection still lost even after attempting re-establishing connection");

        //check if connection is closed
                System.out.println("Connection closed. Creating a new connection...");
                conn = db.Con;
        }catch(SQLException e){
            System.out.println("Error at CheckConnection(Connection): Connection still lost");

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