On 2/22/19 11:46 AM, Mark Reynolds wrote:
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
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 backend work?
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 (1.4.1?).
We are actually seeing more of these cases popping up now, so we need to
do something soon. I had proposed we could always just flush the entire
cache when a backend txn op fails, but Ludwig had a much better idea
that we could implement a type of csn in the entry cache. So when a
backend txn plugin fails, we flush the entry cache entries with a csn >=
start of the parent operation.
So until LMDB or a new caching mechanism is implemented this could be a
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