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From Alex Karasulu <>
Subject Re: About the rename operation
Date Wed, 09 Jun 2010 08:52:04 GMT
On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 5:31 PM, Emmanuel Lecharny <>wrote:

> Hi guys,
> I have an issue with this operation. The way it works is currently :
> 1) grab the old entry from the backend immediately (eagerlyPopulateFields
> in InterceptorChain).
> This is done to spare lookups all aver the following interceptors
> 2) as we go down the chain, do a lots of checks and update, including
> adding the missing operational attributes (lastModifier, lastModifyDate),
> and if needed, delete the old RDN from the entry
> 3) in the backend, call the store.rename() operation which takes 3
> parameters :
> - DN (the entry DN)
> - new RDN (the new name)
> - deleteOldRdn flag
> Here, I think we have a double problem :
> - first we have grabbed the entry just for the purpose of doing some
> checks, assuming that we will grab it again in the store

Have you confirmed that we in fact grab the entry once again a second time
in the store?

> - second, we will have to call the modify() operation after the rename has
> been done, as we have lost the Operationnal attribute update, so the full
> operation has a double cost (maybe more).
Correct! This is a big issue that may compromise atomicity.

> I suggest that we modify the rename() parameters to pass the modified entry
> instead of doing the modification into the store, because, anyway this is
> not where the logic should be placed.
> wdyt ?
Does your analysis show that the two main problems above (atomicity and
unnecessary entry lookup) are eradicated? Sorry I don't have the code right
in front of me but I trust that if you see this as a solution I am not
against changing the rename() method signature to fix this issue.

However the issue of loosing atomicity due to operational attribute updates
is a problem that exists for all write operation minus the add operation. If
this alteration fixes the problem for rename, will the same tactic fix
issues with other write operations minus add WRT to the operational
attribute atomicity problem?

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