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Re: LMDB proposed changes

Howard Chu wrote:
Summarizing some discussions from IRC...

The hardcoded limit on the size of the dirty page list in a transaction is a
problem, there should not be limits on the effective size of a transaction.

The plan is to change LMDB's disk page format to include the txnID in the page
header. This way, when the dirty page list gets full we can flush it to disk
without losing track of which pages were dirtied. Then if a subsequent access
in the same txn revisits one of these pages, when we read it back from the DB
we'll know that it came from the current txn and doesn't need to be copied
again before making further modifications.

The P_DIRTY bit in the page header will no longer be needed - if the txnID
matches, the page can be used directly. If not, the page is clean and a new
page must be allocated before writing.

For WRITEMAP mode the dirty page list can be completely eliminated, the only
reason we keep it now is to know which pages' P_DIRTY bit we need to clear at
commit time.

Increasing the size of the page header by 8 bytes is a bit annoying, this will
require a full slapcat/slapadd reload of existing back-mdb databases. It would
be nice if we can avoid this but I don't see how.

We went with an alternate approach that didn't require a disk format change. The code in mdb.master has been tested with a variety of large transactions and is working well.

  -- Howard Chu
  CTO, Symas Corp.           http://www.symas.com
  Director, Highland Sun     http://highlandsun.com/hyc/
  Chief Architect, OpenLDAP  http://www.openldap.org/project/