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From "Alex Karasulu" <>
Subject Re: [PagedSearch] Cleanup strategy
Date Wed, 24 Dec 2008 14:51:40 GMT
Sorry for taking so long to respond to this email.  More inline...

On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 5:46 AM, Emmanuel Lecharny <>wrote:

> Hi,
> this is the last step to handle the paged search request : cleaning the
> remaining paged search when they are not used.
> The problem is that a client can launch a paged search, get some few pages,
> and then stop requesting the remaining pages, without closing the request.
> Obviously, this is bad, bad, bad, but we won't be able to spank all the
> clients ;)
> The created paged search context will then remain until the session is
> closed, keeping all the associated data (cursors, and such) in memory. Plus
> the client may launch more than one paged search request, leading to a quick
> OOM...
> There are a few strategy we can implement to avoid such a problem :
> 1) first, we can limit the number of paged search request per session. I
> guess that a session with more than  5 or 10 opened paged search is very
> unlikely to occur. I suggest that we limit the number of opened paged
> searches to 5 atm (of course, this should be configurable), and unlimited
> for the administartor. When we reach this number, then the oldest paged
> search will be removed from the session.

I like this idea very much.  It's perhaps the best way to limit run away
resource consumption.

> 2) we can also manage a timeout for the paged search. That mean a thread
> will be in charge of removing all the time-outed paged search across the
> sessions.

I hate doing things like this because of synchronization issues but if we
have to we must.

> 3) We can also wait until the session dies, and cleanup the associated
> paged search.

I think we should do this always: meaning cleaning up all resources
associated with a session including all the open cursors it has.

> In any case, we must do something, as the cursors _have_ to be closed.
> Does those 3 proposals make sense to you? Did I forgot something? Do you
> see a better strategy ?

I think 1 & 3 should be done.  2 is an option but it's something I would do
as a last resort if 1 & 3 do not seem adequate.


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