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Intermittent crashing #80

technion opened this Issue Dec 5, 2015 · 1 comment


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technion commented Dec 5, 2015


In an effort to locate occasional data inconsistencies I've setup this pattern in my code:

    case epgsql:equery(C, "UPDATE sth SET latest = $1", [TO+1]) of
    {ok, 1} ->
    X ->
        lager:error("DEBUG FAIL ~p, ~p", [TO+1, X])

"TO" is always a number, and I'm seeing these sorts of failures intermittently:

5:48:08.830 [error] DEBUG FAIL 10166537, {error,{error,error,<<"22021">>,<<"invalid byte sequence for encoding \"UTF8\": 0x00">>,[]}}

I can't work out of this is a bug or if this is me using the library incorrectly, but what I know is that it's not consistent. My gen_server will restart and run the same function with the same input and end up correctly putting it in a database.

I feel I have to be missing something about encoding, or hitting some sort of bug - when the field in question is an INTEGER and UTF-8 encoding doesn't make sense to being with.
Any assistance on this appreciated.

Edit: I don't know if it's related, but the last Travis CI run shows this error as a fatal on several of the tests:

Further edit: Could this be concurrency related? I don't seem able to replicate if I pull out a series of spawn/1 calls and run everything consecutively. The problem with intermittent issues of course.. if thinking you found a cause..


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technion commented Dec 5, 2015

Yes, it is a concurrency issue. Resolved by implementing pgapp, although I've brought in an issue over there.

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