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From Antony Blakey <>
Subject Re: Attachment Replication Problem
Date Sat, 16 May 2009 01:15:27 GMT

On 16/05/2009, at 8:27 AM, Chris Anderson wrote:

> Thanks for reporting this. I'm not sure I can see the issue in the
> last logfile you posted (I haven't gone through the diffs to see where
> you added log statements...) It seems that the attachment size is not
> an issue, its the fact that there are many many attachments on each
> doc. This means it should be fairly easy to make a reproducible
> JavaScript test case, that causes a never-finishing replication. Once
> we have that, I'd be happy to run it and bang on the code till I get
> it to pass.

I've created a test case with many documents, but it doesn't cause the  
problem, so it must be somewhat more subtle than it looks.  
Specifically, it may have something to do with the replication state  
to that point.

> I think the big problem is the architecture where attachments aren't
> started streaming until the doc itself is written to disk. There's no
> reason it should have to be this way, as we could setup a queue of
> attachments (and docs that are waiting on them) and make it's width
> configurable, beginning the attachment transfer right away. I've
> written code like this a few times, and it should be totally doable in
> this context.

That's what I was thinking, although I think it's a considerable  
rewrite from what is currently there, and a significant issue is  
avoiding out-of-order writes. A better option might be  to trigger  
checkpoints on the basis of the number of outstanding promises, in  
combination with buffering attachment downloads to disk.

Antony Blakey
CTO, Linkuistics Pty Ltd
Ph: 0438 840 787

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god  
than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other  
possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
   --Stephen F Roberts

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