I want to start a brief discussion about a major problem we have backend
transaction plugins and the entry caches. I'm finding that when we get
into a nested state of be txn plugins and one of the later plugins that
is called fails then while we don't commit the disk changes (they are
aborted/rolled back) we DO keep the entry cache changes!
For example, a modrdn operation triggers the referential integrity
plugin which renames the member attribute in some group and changes that
group's entry cache entry, but then later on the memberOf plugin fails
for some reason. The database transaction is aborted, but the entry
cache changes that RI plugin did are still present :-( I have also
found other entry cache issues with modrdn and BE TXN plugins, and we
know of other currently non-reproducible entry cache crashes as well
related to mishandling of cache entries after failed operations.
It's time to rework how we use the entry cache. We basically need a
transaction style caching mechanism - we should not commit any entry
cache changes until the original operation is fully successful.
Unfortunately the way the entry cache is currently designed and used it
will be a major change to try to change it.
William wrote up this doc:
But this also does not currently cover the nested plugin scenario either
(not yet). I do know how how difficult it would be to implement
William's proposal, or how difficult it would be to incorporate the txn
style caching into his design. What kind of time frame could this even
be implemented in? William what are your thoughts?
If William's design is too huge of a change that will take too long to
safely implement then perhaps we need to look into revising the existing
cache design where we use "cache_add_tentative" style functions and only
apply them at the end of the op. This is also not a trivial change.
And what impact would changing the entry cache have on Ludwig's plugable
Anyway we need to start thinking about redesigning the entry cache - no
matter what approach we want to take. If anyone has any ideas or
comments please share them, but I think due to the severity of this flaw
redesigning the entry cache should be one of our next major goals in DS