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Benedict commented on CASSANDRA-7705:
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> Safer Resource Management
> -------------------------
>
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-7705
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CASSANDRA-7705
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Core
>            Reporter: Benedict
>             Fix For: 3.0
>
>
> We've had a spate of bugs recently with bad reference counting. these can 
> have potentially dire consequences, generally either randomly deleting data 
> or giving us infinite loops. 
> Since in 2.1 we only reference count resources that are relatively expensive 
> and infrequently managed (or in places where this safety is probably not as 
> necessary, e.g. SerializingCache), we could without any negative consequences 
> (and only slight code complexity) introduce a safer resource management 
> scheme for these more expensive/infrequent actions.
> Basically, I propose when we want to acquire a resource we allocate an object 
> that manages the reference. This can only be released once; if it is released 
> twice, we fail immediately at the second release, reporting where the bug is 
> (rather than letting it continue fine until the next correct release corrupts 
> the count). The reference counter remains the same, but we obtain guarantees 
> that the reference count itself is never badly maintained, although code 
> using it could mistakenly release its own handle early (typically this is 
> only an issue when cleaning up after a failure, in which case under the new 
> scheme this would be an innocuous error)



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