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From "Isaac Z. Schlueter (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (COUCHDB-2236) Weird _users doc conflict when replicating from 1.5.1 -> 1.6.0
Date Sat, 10 May 2014 22:12:24 GMT
Isaac Z. Schlueter created COUCHDB-2236:

             Summary: Weird _users doc conflict when replicating from 1.5.1 -> 1.6.0
                 Key: COUCHDB-2236
             Project: CouchDB
          Issue Type: Bug
      Security Level: public (Regular issues)
            Reporter: Isaac Z. Schlueter

The upstream write-master for npm is a CouchDB 1.5.0.  (Since it is locked down at the IP
level, we're not at risk to the DOS fixed in 1.5.1.)

All PUT/POST/DELETE requests are routed to this master box, as well as any request with `?write=true`
on the URL.  (Used for cases where we still do the PUT/409/GET/PUT dance, rather than using
a custom _update function.)

This master box replicates to a replication hub.  The read slaves all replicate from the replication
hub.  Both the /registry and /_users databases replicate continuously using a doc in the /_replicator

As I understand it, since replication only goes in one direction, and all writes to go the
upstream master, conflicts should be impossible.

We brought a 1.6.0 read slave online, version 1.6.0+build.fauxton-91-g5a2864b.

On this 1.6.0 read slave (and only there), we're seeing /_users doc conflicts, and it looks
like it has a different password_sha and salt.  Here is one such example:
 (actual passowors_sha and salt mostly redacted, but enough bytes left in so that you can
see they're not matching.)

A few weeks ago, this issue popped up, affecting about 400 user docs, and we figured that
it had to do with some instability or human error at the time when that box was set up.  We
deleted all of the conflicts, and verified that all docs matched the upstream at that time.
 We removed the /_replicator entries, and re-created them using the same script we use to
create them on all the other read slaves.

If this was just one or two docs, or happening across more of the read slaves, I'd be more
inclined to think that it has something to do with a particular user, or our particular setup.
 However, the /_replicator docs are identical in the 1.6.0 box as on the other read slaves.
 This is affecting about 150 users, and only on that one box.

We've taken the 1.6.0 read slave out of rotation for now, so it's not an urgent issue for
us.  If anyone wants to log in and have a look around, I can grant access, but I hope that
there's enough information here to track it down.  Thanks.

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