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From "Knut Anders Hatlen (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (DERBY-4279) Statement cache deadlock
Date Wed, 16 Jun 2010 09:50:23 GMT

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Knut Anders Hatlen commented on DERBY-4279:
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The new synchronized blocks in execute() still only access fields local to GenericActivationHolder,
so I'm not sure I understand the need to synchronize on the prepared statement there. I think
it would be fine to use the second revision of the patch (the one that fixed the NPE) and
change it so that it didn't uncomment the outer synchronization block.

> Statement cache deadlock
> ------------------------
>
>                 Key: DERBY-4279
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-4279
>             Project: Derby
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: SQL
>    Affects Versions: 10.0.2.1, 10.1.3.1, 10.2.2.0, 10.3.3.0, 10.4.2.0, 10.5.1.1
>         Environment: Windows Vista
>            Reporter: Jeff Stuckman
>            Assignee: Brett Wooldridge
>         Attachments: Derby4279.java, patch4279.txt, stacktrace.txt
>
>
> Due to a design flaw in the statement cache, a deadlock can occur if a prepared statement
becomes out-of-date.
> I will illustrate this with the following example:
> The application is using the embedded Derby driver. The application has two threads,
and each thread uses its own connection.
> There is a table named MYTABLE with column MYCOLUMN.
> 1. A thread prepares and executes the query SELECT MYCOLUMN FROM MYTABLE. The prepared
statement is stored in the statement cache (see org.apache.derby.impl.sql.GenericStatement
for this logic)
> 2. After some time, the prepared statement becomes invalid or out-of-date for some reason
(see org.apache.derby.impl.sql.GenericPreparedStatement)
> 3. Thread 1 begins a transaction and executes LOCK TABLE MYTABLE IN EXCLUSIVE MODE
> 4. Thread 2 begins a transaction and executes SELECT MYCOLUMN FROM MYTABLE. The statement
is in the statement cache but it is out-of-date. The thread begins to recompile the statement.
To compile the statement, the thread needs a shared lock on MYTABLE. Thread 1 already has
an exclusive lock on MYTABLE. Thread 2 waits.
> 5. Thread 1 executes SELECT MYCOLUMN FROM MYTABLE. The statement is in the statement
cache but it is being compiled. Thread 1 waits on the statement's monitor.
> 6. We have a deadlock. Derby eventually detects a lock timeout, but the error message
is not descriptive. The stacks at the time of the deadlock are:
> This deadlock is unique because it can still occur in a properly designed database. You
are only safe if all of your transactions are very simple and cannot be interleaved in a sequence
that causes the deadlock, or if your particular statements do not require a table lock to
compile. (For the sake of simplicity, I used LOCK TABLE in my example, but any UPDATE statement
would fit.)

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