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Re: syncrepl overlay
- To: "Kurt D. Zeilenga" <Kurt@OpenLDAP.org>
- Subject: Re: syncrepl overlay
- From: Howard Chu <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 21:28:27 -0800
- Cc: openldap-devel@OpenLDAP.org
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OK, so aliases aren't a problem - the issue I see now is a lack of
transaction protection when moving the code out to an overlay. For
persistent search, the changes may get sent to consumers in different
order, and for multiple modification events on a single entry the
updated entry may not correspond to the op csn.
For example, to process a modify:
1) There is a pre-modify test to see if the target entry currently
satisfies a Psearch.
2) Then the modify occurs.
3) Then there is another test to see if the target still satisfies any
For a given Psearch:
if (1) is TRUE
if (3) is TRUE
send an UPDATE message
send a DELETE message (target has left the scope)
if (3) is TRUE
send an ADD message (target has entered the scope)
If two modifies are (near) simultaneously directed at the same entry,
then these three steps can get interleaved. If each Modify is
represented as two boolean states (results of step 1 and step 3) then
for two simultaneous Modifies there are 16 cases.
00 01 10 11
00 OK AA OK --
01 AA -- ?D AU
10 OK UA -- DD
11 -- AU DD OK
Four of these are impossible, will never occur. Four of these are OK,
the correct result will occur regardless. In the other eight cases,
anomalies may occur:
01x00 or 00x01 - the target is out of scope, one modify leaves it out
of scope, the other makes it enter scope. Only one Add message should be
generated, but it's possible for two to occur instead.
01x11 or 11x01 - the target is out of scope, one modify makes it
enter scope and the other leaves it in scope. One Add and one Update
message should be generated. It's possible for the Update to be sent
before the Add message.
11x10 or 10x11 - the target is in scope, one modify leaves it in
scope, and the other takes it out of scope. One Update and one Delete
message should be generated, but it's possible for two Deletes to be
01x10 - the target is out of scope, one modify puts it in scope, the
other takes it out of scope. One Add and one Delete should be generated,
but it's possible that only the Delete will get sent.
10x01 - the target is in scope, one modify takes it out of scope and
the other puts it in. One Delete and one Add should be generated, but
it's possible that an Update and an Add will be sent instead.
Ultimately I guess if the consumer is flexible enough, it's not a major
tragedy because it doesn't look like any actual data loss occurs. ???
-- Howard Chu
Chief Architect, Symas Corp. Director, Highland Sun
Symas: Premier OpenSource Development and Support