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From "Jukka Zitting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (OAK-114) MicroKernel API: specify retention policy for old revisions
Date Thu, 05 Jul 2012 11:23:34 GMT

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Jukka Zitting commented on OAK-114:
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bq. The javadoc is possibly not clear enough: a revision returned by getHeadRevision remains
accessible for at least 10 minutes ...

Ah, you're right. That solves the problem above.

If we are keeping track of when a particular revision was last returned by {{getHeadRevision}},
wouldn't it be simple to use the same mechanism to also keep track of when revisions are returned
from or passed to other {{MicroKernel}} methods? I don't see how that would imply any more
"complex state management" than what's already needed.

The benefit of switching from "last returned as head revision" to "last accessed/seen" for
figuring out when a revision is still needed is that we can allow unused revisions expire
much faster. With the "last accessed/seen" pattern there'll be no problem with an expiry time
of just a few seconds, which would in most cases allow the garbage collector to be much more
aggressive than with the 10 minute time proposed here.

To illustrate the difference, consider a heavy write case where we have 100 commits per second
hitting the repository. With a 10-minute expiry time the repository will have to keep track
of something like 60k revisions, whereas with a shorter expiry time we can easily push that
down to just a few hundred revisions.
                
> MicroKernel API: specify retention policy for old revisions
> -----------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: OAK-114
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/OAK-114
>             Project: Jackrabbit Oak
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: mk
>            Reporter: Stefan Guggisberg
>            Assignee: Stefan Guggisberg
>         Attachments: OAK-114.patch
>
>
> the MicroKernel API javadoc should specify the minimal guaranteed retention period for
old revisions. 

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