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Failing spec demonstrating a bug with recurring jobs of diff priority #62

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This is a bug we ran into due to the changes in seomoz/qless-core@bea9915. It's very subtle, so an example will demonstrate best:

  • Recurring jobs high_pri and low_pri are enqueued with the same recurrence schedule, but different priorities.
  • Previously, queue.pop would always pop a high_pri job before a low_pri job, as it should.
  • With the change in that commit, queue.pop only spawns 1 job from the recurring queue to the work queue. Given that the recurring queue is a sorted set scored by a timestamp indicating "when to spawn a job next", there's no guarantee about which of the two jobs will be the first one returned by the limitedzrangebyscore command used in pop. Thus, the low_pri job can be moved to the work queue first, and be popped first.

I'm not sure what the fix should be for this but I came up with a failing spec.

Let me know if you have any questions, @dlecocq.

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  1. +30 −0 spec/integration/qless_spec.rb
30 spec/integration/qless_spec.rb
@@ -6,6 +6,8 @@
# Spec stuff
require 'spec_helper'
+require 'timecop'
module Qless
describe Client, :integration do
let(:queue) { client.queues['foo'] }
@@ -55,6 +57,34 @@ module Qless
expect(client.workers.counts).to eq({})
+ it 'pops a high pri job before a low pri job when they recur at the same moment' do
+ # some arbitrary time
+ time = Time.iso8601('2014-08-01T00:00:00Z')
+ Timecop.freeze(time) do
+ interval = 10
+ enqueue_with_priority = lambda do |priority, jid|
+ queue.recur(Qless::Job, {}, interval,
+ :jid => jid, :offset => (interval / 2),
+ :priority => priority)
+ end
+ enqueue_with_priority[10, "low_pri"]
+ enqueue_with_priority[1000, "high_pri"]
+ enqueue_with_priority[100, "med_pri"]
+ end
+ Timecop.freeze(time + 10) do
+ # Note: you can make this spec pass by uncommenting this line
+ # q.peek(3)
+ queue.pop.jid.should include('high_pri')
+ queue.pop.jid.should include('med_pri')
+ queue.pop.jid.should include('low_pri')
+ end
+ end
it 'exposes tracking jobs' do
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