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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: external process (ruby)
Date Fri, 18 Dec 2009 02:21:34 GMT
On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 7:12 PM, Troy Kruthoff <> wrote:
> We are developing an external process
> ( in Ruby using
> EventMachine (EM).  This may be a better EM question, but I thought I'd ask
> here first and at least understand a little more about how couch spawns and
> kills these processes.
> Bottom line:  Our EM based external process eats CPU & memory when we kill
> the couchdb server.  Everything else is fine.
> We are using EM (like pyton's Twisted, only ruby) because the process does a
> lot of fire and forget http requests based on the input and output (btw,
> couch kicks ass).  I know the problem exists some where with:
> 1)  Somehow, couch tells the process to off itself via stdin/out
> 2)  EM is listening on stdio gets an EOF, broken pipe or whatever (and the
> epic fail begins).
> I'm hoping someone here has run into this before, or at least can recommend
> what to ask of the EM list (is it not handling EOF, or does couch do
> something else)
> Thanks,
> Troy

Definitely sounds like someone isn't paying attention to an EOF. No
idea on Ruby so I can't say for certain on who's fault it would be.
Your code might be expected to shutdown when a read call returns 0
bytes or some such.

Paul Davis

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