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409 Client Error #10

benmccann opened this Issue Nov 5, 2012 · 4 comments


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benmccann commented Nov 5, 2012

Deleting a container often gives me a "409 Client Error". I don't understand what this error is being caused by and it seems very random. The files are still deleted, but the exception causes my code to bomb out and the error message "client error" gives me no insight into what is causing the error. It would be nice to fix it so that this error does not happen or so that the error message is more helpful.


sudorandom commented Nov 5, 2012

Hey, could you paste an example trace stack? Deleting a container with objects in it gives a 409 error signifying that the container you are deleting currently has objects in it that need to be deleted before the container can be deleted. However, it should raise a 'ContainerNotEmpty' error.

If you're using the recursive option, be warned that that is currently an experimental feature which may have some issues for large containers with > 10,000 objects.


benmccann commented Nov 5, 2012

I was getting the error with and without the recursive option. I'm using the version available from pip.

$ ./modules/mongodb_backup/files/delete_backup.py
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./modules/mongodb_backup/files/delete_backup.py", line 9, in
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/object_storage/container.py", line 173, in delete
return self.client.delete_container(self.name, recursive=recursive)
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/object_storage/client.py", line 256, in delete_container
return self.make_request('DELETE', [name], params=params, formatter=_formatter)
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/object_storage/client.py", line 336, in make_request
result = self.conn.make_request(method, url, _args, *_kwargs)
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/object_storage/transport/httplib2conn.py", line 59, in make_request
File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/object_storage/transport/init.py", line 31, in raise_for_status
raise ResponseError(self.status_code, '%s Client Error' % self.status_code)
object_storage.errors.ResponseError: 409: 409 Client Error


sudorandom commented Nov 6, 2012

If it's likely that only one process will be deleting this container at the same time this code should be sufficient.


If it's likely that something else is adding to that container at the same time, I recommend catching object_storage.errors.ContainerNotEmpty errors and retrying a number of times before failing.

The commit above fixes it so that the ContainerNotEmpty error is raised instead of a generic ClientError which you'd have to inspect before knowing how to handle it.

More details on deleting containers: http://docs.openstack.org/api/openstack-object-storage/1.0/content/delete-container.html


benmccann commented Nov 8, 2012

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