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From "Adam Kocoloski (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (COUCHDB-709) Restart actually restarts the server
Date Thu, 25 Mar 2010 01:59:27 GMT


Adam Kocoloski commented on COUCHDB-709:

Looks good to me.

The asynchronous shutdown problem is a symptom of us violating OTP design principles in our
structuring of CouchDB.  The quartet of gen_servers associated with each open database (couch_db,
couch_db_updater, couch_ref_counter, and couch_file) are not supervised, and as a result we
have a homegrown (async) system for killing them.  The OTP supervisor system is definitely

> Restart actually restarts the server
> ------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-709
>                 URL:
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Database Core
>            Reporter: Chris Anderson
> This patch will cause CouchDB to actually restart the server when a POST is made to /_restart
> The old way was unreliable as supervisors would shut things down asynchronously. This
new way is much more brute force, which makes it more deterministic.
> This only really effects the test suite. I'm only pushing the patch through Jira to see
if people see room for improvements.
> One improvement would be to add a timestamp for server boot time to the / response, but
I seem to have avoided the need for that with my double GET magic.
> Do note: restart now drops any temporary config, hence the change to the reader_acls

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