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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-307) Lock obtain time out errors when opening readers and writers
Date Thu, 02 Nov 2006 18:47:23 GMT
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Michael McCandless commented on LUCENE-307:

I think we can close this one?

We now have locking implementation (*LockFactory) decoupled from directory implementation,
so you can do in-JVM locking with an FSDirectory.  We also have a native locking LockFactory
implementation (LUCENE-678 ).

I'm still surprised that native locking alone would prevent the starvation issue.  If you
try to open/close readers & writers too frequently against a single index there will inevitably
be starvation.  Lockless commits (LUCENE-701 ) can help somewhat in that you should not see
IOExceptions anymore, but, it will still hit starvation by doing many retries before opening
an index.  In any event, I think these open rates are far beyond where Lucene would normally
be used so I don't think we should spend time fixing starvation.

> Lock obtain time out errors when opening readers and writers
> ------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-307
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Other
>    Affects Versions: 1.4
>         Environment: Operating System: All
> Platform: All
>            Reporter: Reece (YT)
>         Assigned To: Lucene Developers
>         Attachments:,
> The attached Java file shows a locking issue that occurs with Lucene 1.4.2.
> One thread opens and closes an IndexReader.  The other thread opens an
> IndexWriter, adds a document and then closes the IndexWriter.  I would expect
> that this app should be able to happily run without an issues.
> It fails with:
> Lock obtain timed out
> Is this expected?  I thought a Reader could be opened while a Writer is adding a
> document.
> I am able to get the error in less than 5 minutes when running this on Windows
> XP and Mac OS X.
> Any help is appreciated.

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