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From "Adam Kocoloski (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Updated: (COUCHDB-888) out of memory crash when compacting document with lots of edit branches
Date Fri, 08 Oct 2010 14:13:30 GMT


Adam Kocoloski updated COUCHDB-888:

    Fix Version/s: 1.1

> out of memory crash when compacting document with lots of edit branches
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-888
>                 URL:
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Database Core
>            Reporter: Adam Kocoloski
>            Assignee: Damien Katz
>             Fix For: 1.1
>         Attachments: 0001-fix-OOME-when-compacting-a-DB-with-many-edit-conflic-v2.patch,
0001-fix-OOME-when-compacting-a-DB-with-many-edit-conflic.patch, key_tree_backtrace.txt.gz
> I have a database which will crash CouchDB if I try to compact it.  It causes beam.smp
to use all the memory on the server.  I caught it in the act one time and sorted the Erlang
processes by memory usage.  The process spawned to do the compaction turned out to be the
culprit.  I took a backtrace of the process and found that it was mapping a very large revision
tree.  I have reason to believe that the document has a large number (~1000s) of edit conflicts.
> I think part of the problem may be that the recursion in couch_key_tree:map_simple requires
each stack space for every iteration.  I'm not sure if it's possible to rewrite the algorithm
in a more memory-friendly way given the current tree structure.

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