On 6/23/20 12:22 PM, David Boreham wrote:
On 6/23/2020 10:07 AM, Mark Reynolds wrote:
> In 389 what we are seeing is that our backend txn plugins are doing
> unindexed searches, but I would not call it a bug.
The unindexed search is fine per se (although probably not a great
idea if you want the op the plugin hooked to complete quickly).
What's not fine is that all the DB reads under that search should be
done in the same transaction with strong isolation.
First I'm not that intimately familiar with this issue, Thierry and
Ludwig did most of that investigation. But this happens during a modify
operation that triggers some BE txn plugins that do searches and updates
under the same parent transaction. So under these conditions is when it
just starts consuming a ton of db locks.
Unindexed searches by themselves do not cause this issue, it's when we
are updating the database under the same txn. So the mod takes a lock
on a db page, then we call the be postop plugins, which in turn starts
doing these expensive searches and updates - that is when the db lock
issue pops up. I seem to recall from previous similar cases that this
"mod update" involved a very large static group, and the RI or memberOf
plugin doing its work. Maybe Thierry recalls some of the past cases?
> It's really a configuration/indexing issue. But yes, there are long
> running operations/txns in regards to many plugins doing a lot of
> things while the database is being updated in the same nested
> operation. Now when these internal searches are properly indexed the
> db lock issue completely goes away.
If missing an index were to result in poor performance, agreed -- it's
a configuration issue. The server process exiting seems quite an
It's not exactly crashing, but the db can get corrupted
and it needs to
be reinitialized. That sounds like a libdb bug to me :-) Running out of
db locks should not corrupt the database.
Wondering if this is the result of an old fix for a deadlock problem
(bringing the internal op under the main transaction to cure the
Maybe :-) Haven't looked at that code in quite a few years...
How is a regular (non-internal) unindexed search run? Surely that
doesn't burn through one lock per page touched?
No it doesn't. See my comment above, standalone unindexed searches do
not trigger this issue.
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