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From "Bernhard Frauendienst (Created) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (SOLR-2855) Large number of range facets causes server to lock up
Date Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:51:32 GMT
Large number of range facets causes server to lock up

                 Key: SOLR-2855
             Project: Solr
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: SearchComponents - other
    Affects Versions: 3.4
            Reporter: Bernhard Frauendienst

(NOTE: I'm aware that this is not exactly a BUG in the sense that something is not working
correctly, but it is still something that might be considered to be changed.)

A bug in our code triggered an integer overflow which caused very large range facets to be
requested on a TrieIntField
(e.g. {{facet.range.start=*-2147483648*&facet.range.end=1000&}})

This caused the Solr server to allocate huge amounts of memory so that it soon had filled
up the whole 18 GB the JVM had available, and the Garbage Collector wasn't able to free it
(fast enough?) and was thus taking up nearly all of the CPU, which finally led to a complete
Denial of Service.

While the cause for this behavior obviously lies within the buggy code, it might still be
desirable for Solr not to lock up for "wrong" parameters but throw an error instead.
Throwing an exception if more ranges than the {{facet.limit}} value (or a similar, new parameter)
for this field would be generated might be a good solution.

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