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From Jayasingh Samuel <>
Subject RE: Load memory dyanamically using handler.
Date Thu, 11 Dec 2008 07:46:48 GMT

Thanks for your input.

Here is my problem i have 100's
of files in different directories. and we store these files. ie the
files in an Array and further hash table. Every time we do graceful the server to refresh
the contents and that's why i need to
dynamically reload the memory using some handlers . 

I need to dynamic create space for these structure and store the hash entries and datas. 
typedef struct abc{ 
    hash_t *table;    
} gInfoDB;

typedef struct xyz{
    gInfoDB *ctDB;
} InfoDB;


server memory will have some max 10000 of InfoDB array in which the
ctDB is malloced dynamically and store the contents of the files in
the hash table. 

My question is:

1.The shared memory
with which we get a chunk of memory. Can we further malloc and store
the data's given by the shared memory. or we need to create keys and
shared memory for every arrays. 
I have tried for arrays of structure and its works fine. But i was not able to do this. 

struct check {
    int *datum;
} *strucSup;

Here i was trying to malloc the datum and  was able to store the data but getting segFault
when tring through some other process. I can use further shmget the datum pointer but i don't
want to do because this may create so many shared memory in my systems. 

Is there any work around to do this. 
Please guide me with the coding if you get.

Thanks in advance, 

> Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 09:09:19 +0100
> From:
> To:
> Subject: Re: Load memory dyanamically using handler.
> CC:
> On Wed, Dec 10, 2008 at 06:00, Jayasingh Samuel
> <> wrote:
> >
> >
> > I have 100's of files stored in different directories and i load all these in the
memory in arrays and hash table. and i want to reload the memory automatically using some
handlers. When i do this in only the particular child thread is having the updated one and
the other request are showing me the old Datas.
> >
> > 1. The shared memory to store all the 100's of files in array and hash table which
is dynamically malloced and stored will be too costly also the synchronization.
> > IS there any other way we can overcome this.
> >
> > 2. Is there any way a handler can directly access the  parent process, updating
the memory and removing the child process which has the old Data and spawning the new child
process. Can we use the mod_balancing technique of blocking the request to the server and
then update the parent and kill the child and spawn new childrens with the updated memory.
> >
> > Please guide me with you ideas.
> Killing processes at each update is not efficient.
> I would propose the following approach:
> Hook post_config. This one is executed once by the parent process
> before any child is spawned. Therefore, any resource opened there is
> inherited by all child processes. Thus, I would create _shared_ memory
> structures (see apr_shm.h, not malloc).
> Beware, post_config is run every time the server configuration is
> reloaded. Therefore, such shared memory structures would be created
> after each config reload. In order to avoid eating up the system's
> resources, you'll have to make sure that each created structure is
> also destroyed. In order to do this, _register_ a function (see
> apr_pool_register_cleanup) that is called when the conf pool is
> destroyed. This function would destroy the shared memory structures.
> Next, in child_init, _attach_ to the shared memory segment (see
> apr_shm.h). From then on, the shared memory structures are shared
> among all child processes. Each change is visible instantly in all
> processes.
> Obviously, think of synchronisation. When not every atomic change
> results in a consistent state of the shared data, you'll have to
> protect the shared data with mutexes. See apr_thread_mutex.h and
> apr_thread_rwlock.h and maybe others. Mutexes should be created in
> post_config too.
> I hope this helps. You can contact me for a code sample if you want. I
> don't have it handy for the moment, but I can find it.
> S
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