On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 3:33 PM, Tres Seaver <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
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> Marco Bizzarri wrote:
>> On Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 9:23 AM, Marco Bizzarri
>> <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>>> Hi all.
>>>
>>> I'm working on an application which uses Zope (2.8, at the moment) and
>>> ZPsycopgDA (toghter with a number of other products).
>>>
>>> While writing an acceptance test, I encountered a strange problem: the
>>> test locks up.
>>>
>>> A further investigation shown that there were two connections at the
>>> database; one of them was not committed, the other one was blocked
>>> waiting for the other to commit.
>>>
>>> I therefore used the pdb in order to stop the execution of the test
>>> inside the connect method of the ZPsycopgDA.DA. Once I had that
>>> breakpoint, I was able to get the logs of the two transactions on the
>>> database, and I had the confirmation that indeed there were two
>>> different transactions.
>>>
>>> So, I wondered what could possibily happen, I mean why during a test
>>> there could be a second connect to the database.
>>>
>>> I issued a "bt" to see the stack of calls leading to the connect, and
>>> what I could see was that the coonect was called inside the
>>> __setstate__ method of Shared/DC/ZRDB/Connection.py.
>>>
>>> I assume therefore that the ZPsycopgDA object has been "ghostified",
>>> during the transaction. But this "assumption" is not supported by any
>>> evidence. In particular, it is not supported by my knowledge of the
>>> internal behaviour of ZODB on objects during a single transaction.
>>>
>>> Can anyone provide suggestion on this topic?
>>>
>>> Regards
>>> Marco
>>> --
>>> Marco Bizzarri
>>> http://notenotturne.blogspot.com/
>>> http://iliveinpisa.blogspot.com/
>>>
>>
>> I did further investigation on the topic, and I think I've pinned the
>> problem. I don't know the solution, but I can reproduce the problem
>> with a small sample. Here is the sample:
>>
>>
>> import os
>> import sys
>> import unittest
>>
>> if __name__ == '__main__':
>>     execfile(os.path.join(sys.path[0], '../framework.py'))
>>
>> from Testing import ZopeTestCase
>>
>> from OFS import Image
>>
>> from Products.ZPsycopgDA.DA import manage_addZPsycopgConnection
>> from Products.ZSQLMethods import SQL
>>
>>
>> class DoubleTransactionTest(ZopeTestCase.ZopeTestCase):
>>
>>     def _add_big_image(self, value, data):
>>         Image.manage_addFile(self.app, "f%06s" % value, data , "a title")
>>
>>     def test_showdouble(self):
>>         manage_addZPsycopgConnection(self.app, "db_connection", "",
>> "host=localhost user=postgres dbname=template1")
>>         self.app._setObject('sql', SQL.SQL("sql", "", "db_connection",
>> "", "select * from pg_tables"))
>>         self.app.sql()
>>         data =  "*" * (1 << 20)
>>         for x in range(1000):
>>             self._add_big_image(x, data)
>>             print "Added %s " % x
>>         self.app.sql()
>>
>> if __name__ == '__main__':
>>     unittest.main()
>>
>>
>> I'm doing three things here:
>>
>> - creating a db connection
>> - making a query to the db (this causes a transaction to begin)
>> - creating a lot of "big" files (expecially, larger than 2 * 2 ^ 16 *)
>> - making another query to the db;
>>
>> Once I create a big file I fall into the following branch inside the
>> OFS.Image._read_data
>>
>>
>>         if size <= 2*n:
>>             seek(0)
>>             if size < n: return read(size), size
>>             return Pdata(read(size)), size
>>
>>         # Make sure we have an _p_jar, even if we are a new object, by
>>         # doing a sub-transaction commit.
>>         transaction.savepoint(optimistic=True)
>>
>> This causes, at the end, to call the ZODB.Connection.savepoint which,
>> just before returning, calls a cacheGC to be called, which, I'm
>> afraid, causes the db_connection to be "sent" out of the cache itself,
>> thus leaving it without the _v_ attributes.
>>
>> Hope this can help in giving suggestions.
>
> Thanks for digging further into it;  I couldn't imagine how that was
> occurring.  In this case, the large number of created Pdata objects (one
> per 64k chunk of each of your images) are causing your connection object
> to be evicted from the cache at one of the savepoints, and thus
> ghostified (which is where it loses its volatiles).
>
> There is a special 'STICKY' state which prevents ghostifying, but it
> can't be set from Python code.  You could, however, set '_p_changed' on
> the connection at the beginning of the method, and then delete it at the
> end:  changed objects can't be ghostified.  E.g.:
>
>   def my_method(self):
>       self.connection._p_changed = 1
>       try:
>           self.sql()
>           # now do the stuff which used to ghostify the connection
>       finally:
>           del self.connection._p_changed
>
> It is a nasty workaround, but should help prevent the lockup.
>
> Tres.
> - --
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Thanks for the suggestion, Tres, I'm trying it right now.

I think this could be responsible for the problem I had a few months
ago, under the name: "Asking advice on a Zope "stuck" (or: what did I
do wrong?)"

Do you think there will be some sort of "general" solution to the
problem? I mean, the problem is actually that there are some objects
which should not be ghostified, or am I wrong?

Regards
Marco


-- 
Marco Bizzarri
http://notenotturne.blogspot.com/
http://iliveinpisa.blogspot.com/
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