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From Michael Ludwig <>
Subject Re: Initializing Sleepycat::DbXml (Berkeley, Oracle) objects in
Date Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:50:50 GMT
Mark Hedges schrieb:
> On Wed, 14 Jan 2009, Michael Ludwig wrote:
>> I want to build a mod_perl2 application using
>> Sleepycat::DbXml. This is
>> However, I don't know how to do this. Currently, I'm
>> trying to set up things in (loaded via
>> PerlPostConfigRequire), store the database environment
>> handle in a global package variable, and access that from
>> the PerlContentHandler.
> This probably won't work since the filehandle cannot be
> shared among mod_perl children.

Thanks for your help, Mark. I'm not sure it's a plain filehandle,
but probably your remark applies anyway.

> Your script is running before the root apache
> process forks into the child processes.  Scalars, lists and
> hashes will be cloned, but file handles won't, they have to
> be opened.

Cloning might not be what the DbEnv, XmlManager and XmlContainer
objects need, or tolerate.

> Or, you can use it like this in a handler, essentially the
> same thing [as the PerlChildInitHandler]:
>  package YourResponseHandler;
>  use strict;
>  use warnings FATAL => 'all';
>  use SleepyCat::DbXml qw(simple);
>  # is this the way it works?  i trolled for it...
>  # where is the manual page??  ugh

Probably not all in place yet.

>  my $container = XmlContainer->new('/path/to/whatever.xml');
>  sub handler {
>      my ($r) = @_;
>      $container->open(Db::DB_CREATE);
>      $container->put...
>      # ...
>      $container->close();  # ?? not sure how it works
>  }

I tried this style of initialization. It doesn't solve things.
Depending on how exactly I code this, I get either a SEGV on
startup attempt or when attempting concurrent access to the
application. I also saw this:

*** glibc detected *** free(): invalid pointer: 0x084e6a14 ***

> But it's not clear how much time you're going to save. I
> don't know how the thing works.  You may or may not be able
> to call open() from package scope because of locking, are
> locks on the sleepycat database serial?

No, it supports multi-process and multi-threaded access.

Good news: I've been offered help. I'll report back once I'll
have attained a successful configuration, or be convinced that
this simply won't work.

Michael Ludwig

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