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From Marvin Humphrey <>
Subject Re: lock path thoughts
Date Tue, 31 Oct 2006 22:59:50 GMT

On Oct 31, 2006, at 11:47 AM, Doug Cutting wrote:

> I think the need for that would disappear if the lockless commit  
> patch gets committed.  Then there'd be no reason not to put lock  
> files directly in the index directory, since only writers would  
> need to lock things.

Unless the index is on an NFS volume.  Then a Reader and a Writer can  
come into conflict because delete-on-last-close isn't supported.   
Some sort of read lock would be handy.

One possibility is to extend our file-based locking system to read  
locks by appending an integer increment to the lock-file name, so  
that we could tell how many readers were live by how many read-lock  
files were present.

Maybe we could have such files and compare modification dates against  
the incrementing segments.N files to identify which version of the  
index a Reader was opened against?  Then, when it was time to delete  
files, the writer could discern which files were no longer needed and  
zap 'em.

One problem is that if a reader crashes, you don't get a fatal error  
-- the only effect is that the Writer just stops deleting files.   
Might be other problems, too, but I thought I'd throw the idea out  

Marvin Humphrey
Rectangular Research

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