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From "3l3ph4n1n3 (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CURATOR-28) Add Expiry Time To InterProcessLocks
Date Wed, 29 May 2013 01:27:19 GMT


3l3ph4n1n3 commented on CURATOR-28:

My problem is that a single client shouldn't be trusted to unlock the lock itself - the point
of this failsafe is to ensure a system doesn't grind to a halt when a single client fails.
There are many ways a client's lockTimer could fail yet the client's heartbeating to the zookeeper
cluster continued - e.g. if the lockTimer thread had a bug in it and crashed, or deadlocked
itself with another thread. Ideally the remaining clients would decide a bit later that the
lock's lease time had expired, forcefully release the lock from the broken client and then
one of them would acquire lock itself.
> Add Expiry Time To InterProcessLocks
> ------------------------------------
>                 Key: CURATOR-28
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache Curator
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Recipes
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.0-incubating
>            Reporter: 3l3ph4n1n3
>            Assignee: Jordan Zimmerman
>            Priority: Minor
> If a client takes a distributed lock and fails without breaking its zookeeper connection
(e.g. the main application thread deadlocks) then that lock will never be released (at least
without manual intervention, e.g. killing the process that has it). When a client's acquiring
a lock I'd like to be able to specify a time after which the lock is automatically released.
If the client currently holds the lock it should be able to extend this time period as many
times as it likes. A write-up for what I'm describing for redis is here:
> I can see a couple of ways of going about this - the lock lifetime could be stored in
the node's date (and so clients could check if the node had expired by adding the lifetime
to the node's ctime or mtime). However, comparing the client's current time with the expiry
time in the node is probably not the right thing to do as the client's clock may be out of
sync with the other clients (or the zookeeper nodes). It'd be nice if zookeeper could automatically
delete nodes (i.e. release the lock) after a certain amount of time - i.e. make it the zookeeper
cluster's decision when the lock is expired, not the client's decision. However, I'm not sure
exactly how to do this...
> Thanks,

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