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From Felix Meschberger <fmesc...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: [jr3 microkernel] Write skew
Date Wed, 30 Nov 2011 15:41:40 GMT

Am 30.11.2011 um 15:21 schrieb Michael Dürig:

> On 30.11.11 13:57, Alexander Klimetschek wrote:
>> I expect there is a lot of code outside that relies on the copy-on-write
>> nature of JR 2 - i.e. that anything the session did not touch yet is
>> always "live". Introducing snapshot isolation (which would be
>> copy-on-read IIUC) would break those cases (but usually these errors
>> will depend on concurrency, thus hard to spot).
>> Now looking at the specs, I am confused: in JCR 1.0 it was up to the
>> implementation to be using copy-on-read or copy-on-write [0]. In JCR 2.0
>> that text was replaced by [1] (IIUC, didn't find anything else) which
>> seems to be defining copy-on-write as the standard behavior now:
>> "A change that is persisted is visible to all other sessions bound to
>> the same persistent workspace that have sufficient read permission."
>> That would mean that JR 3 cannot do snapshot isolation! But I might be
>> missing something...
> Good catch! Two points:
> 1) Does visible mean immediately visible on next access or visible after 
> refresh? The second case would work with snapshot isolation.

Well "visible after refresh" is a conditional visibility IMHO, while "visible" as in the spec
is more like unconditional (always under the assumption of having read access, of course).

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