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From Alex Karasulu <>
Subject Re: Exception interceptor pb
Date Thu, 06 Jan 2011 18:02:25 GMT
On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 6:26 PM, Emmanuel Lecharny <>wrote:

> Hi,
> today, while tracking some issue in the server, I jumped into some code in
> the ExceptionInterceptor that I find questionable. Let me explain something
> we already discussed on IRC.
You know I thought about this to a degree after our conversations. I think
the Cursor is setup to be automatically positioned on the first element if
one exists. This is why we are checking if an element is available. So
calling available() might be the right thing to do and makes sense.

So even inside a block of code inside an interceptor after Cursor creation
it might check if the underlying candidate has elements available before
wrapping it or even adding its own filter.

> When we do a search, we go through the chain of interceptors, down to the
> backend. In the backend, we process the request, and construct a Cursor
> based on the search filter and the scope.
> This cursor has not yet fetch any entry.
Cursors returned are in fact designed to prefetch. Under the hood they know
if they have anything available so they can position themselves right before
the first element they will return.

> Then we go back the chain up to the SearchHandler. In the process, we
> construct a list of filters to apply to each entry we will fetch. Those
> filters simply select good candidates, and reject bad ones. They also
> eliminate not requested attributes or values.

> When we go up the chain, and process the ExceptionInterceptor, the
> following code is executed :
>    public EntryFilteringCursor search( NextInterceptor nextInterceptor,
> SearchOperationContext searchContext )
>    {
>        EntryFilteringCursor cursor = searchContext
> );
>        // Check that if the cursor is empty, it's not because the DN is
> invalid.
>        if ( !cursor.available() && !searchContext.getDn().isEmpty() &&
> !subschemSubentryDn.equals( searchContext.getDn()) )
>        {
>            // We just check that the entry exists only if we didn't found
> any entry
>            assertHasEntry( searchContext, "Attempt to search under
> non-existant entry:", searchContext.getDn() );
>        }
>        return cursor;
>    }
> The assertHasEntry method is :
>    private void assertHasEntry( OperationContext opContext, String msg, DN
> dn ) throws LdapException
>    {
>        if ( !opContext.hasEntry( dn, ByPassConstants.HAS_ENTRY_BYPASS ) )
>        {
>            throw new LdapNoSuchObjectException( msg + dn.getName() );
>        }
>    }
> And now, the problem : the cursor.available() call *always* return false,
> thus we most of the case do a lookup, which is costly. Every single search
> we do will always fetch N+1 entry : The N entry to return, plus the first
> entry a second time.
Hmmm why does it return the first entry a second time?

> This is useless.
Yes it should not do this.

> The reason why this check is being done is that we need to send a
> LDAP_NO_SUCH_OBJECT result if there is no entry returned.
> We discussed some options we have. Currently, we have 2 :
> - make the cursor return something different from false if there is an
> entry, even if we don't prefetch the entry.
> - postpone this test and handle the case in the SearchHandler
> Option #1 implies a huge refactoring of the cursor API. Not sure we want to
> do this
> Option #2 is probably better. We just have to check that it's valid to
> check for the absence of an entry if the candidate have been discarded by
> some upper filter (for instance, if we rejected some entry because the ACIs
> mandated it). In this case, should we send back a LDAP_NO_SUCH_OBJECT?
> I will experiment with Option #2, re-read the RFC, and update you.

What worries me is that this worked just fine for years. It should not be
failing us now: there has to be something wrong here. I can take a look at
the code and maybe we can discuss this more together on IRC.

Alex Karasulu
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