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Deadlock reachable from RetrieveData #9

anirudhsanthiar opened this Issue Jan 4, 2016 · 3 comments


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anirudhsanthiar commented Jan 4, 2016

The code below deadlocks o365rwsclient when invoked from a GUI app (such as a Windows Forms app) or an MVC appllication.

            ReportingContext context = new ReportingContext();
            context.UserName = @"YOUR O365 EMAIL ADDRESS";
            context.Password = @"YOUR O365 PASSWORD";
            context.FromDateTime = DateTime.MinValue;
            context.ToDateTime = DateTime.MinValue;
            context.SetLogger(new DefaultLogger());

            IReportVisitor visitor = new DefaultReportVisitor();

            ReportingStream stream = new ReportingStream(context, "MailboxActivityDaily", "stream1");

The reason is that RetrieveData eventually calls GetResponseXml. The method
public List<XmlNode> GetResponseXml(Type reportType, QueryFilter filter) has the line
Stream responseContent = GetResponseContentAsync(serviceFullUrl).Result;

Blocking on the results of asynchronous methods is dangerous: see, for example,

A possible fix is to configure the awaits in GetResponseContentAsync to not capture context using ConfigureAwait(false).


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alexeyqian commented Mar 8, 2016

Spent hours on this issue which makes this client library useless in Web application. Hope fix it soon.


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panjkov commented May 11, 2016

Hi, apologies for late reply.
@alexeyqian @anirudhsanthiar did you already try to fork the codebase and play around with changes mentioned in the Stephen Cleary's blog?
If not, I will try it in next few weeks.

anirudhsanthiar added a commit to anirudhsanthiar/o365rwsclient that referenced this issue May 24, 2016

Fix for issue Microsoft#9. Configured the awaiters in GetResponseCont…
…entAsync to not capture context (to prevent a deadlock reachable from GetResponseXML)

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anirudhsanthiar commented May 24, 2016

@panjkov Please see this pull request. Another option is to make o365rwsclient fully asynchronous by making GetResponseXML and all its callers asynchronous. This will mean a bigger refactoring - would the developers be willing to accept a pull request that does it?

julienjtpierre added a commit that referenced this issue May 25, 2016

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