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Re: svn commit: r1687079 - /subversion/trunk/subversion/libsvn_fs_fs/hotcopy.c

From: Evgeny Kotkov <evgeny.kotkov_at_visualsvn.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:40:10 +0300

Branko Čibej <brane_at_wandisco.com> writes:

>> Author: kotkov
>> Date: Tue Jun 23 14:34:05 2015
>> New Revision: 1687079
>> URL: http://svn.apache.org/r1687079
>> Log:
>> Only lock the hotcopy destination (by taking db/write-lock, db/pack-lock
>> and db/txn-current-lock) when we are running in the incremental mode. We
>> don't have to do this in a non-incremental mode, because the destination
>> is not openable until we are done with the hotcopy. If it cannot be opened,
>> concurrency is not an issue.


> What happens now if you run a non-incremental an an incremental hotcopy
> almost in parallel?

For the same destination, right? If a non-incremental hotcopy strikes in
first, the incremental hotcopy is going to see that there is no db/format file
in the destination, and will error out. If these operations happen in reverse
order, first incremental hotcopy degrades to non-incremental, and the second,
which is also non-incremental, is going to to error out before making it into

> Even if that's not an issue, which problem does this change solve?

Less locking equals less potential problems. In a non-incremental case, the
destination cannot be opened with the FS API until the very last step of the
hotcopy, when we atomically put the format file into the filesystem. There
is no reason to protect against concurrent changes for something that you
cannot open.

Here is a theoretically possible exploit for the code before the change:

1) You need to have a Unix process doing parallel non-incremental hotcopies
   of the same source to two different destinations with svn_fs_hotcopy3()
   or, perhaps, svn_repos_hotcopy3() calls.

2) The hotcopy source should be an FSFS6 (or less) filesystem without an
   instance ID.

3) The second svn_fs_hotcopy3() call *is going to block* until the first one
   is finished. Hotcopy source and destination have same UUIDs and their
   shared locks, such as fs_fs_shared_data_t.fs_write_lock, clash.

If you replace the second hotcopy with another operation — say, with something
like svn_repos_fs_commit_txn() or any other call that requires a lock, they are
also going to block each other.

Evgeny Kotkov
Received on 2015-06-23 18:41:24 CEST

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