A distributed mutex for Ruby.
Sometimes I need to do this:
unless enough_things? make_more_things end
If I'm running several processes in parallel, I can get a race condition that means two of the processes both think there are not enough things. So we go and make some more, even though we don't need to.
Suppose you have a ThingMaker:
class ThingMaker include MegaMutex def ensure_just_enough_things with_distributed_mutex("ThingMaker Mutex ID") do unless enough_things? make_more_things end end end end
Now, thanks to the magic of MegaMutex, you can be sure that all processes trying to run this code will wait their turn, so each one will have the chance to make exactly the right number of things, without anyone else poking their nose in.
sudo gem install mega_mutex
MegaMutex uses Dalii to store the mutex, so your infrastructure must be set up to use memcache servers.
By default, MegaMutex will attempt to connect to a memcache on the local machine, but you can configure any number of servers like so:
MegaMutex.configure do |config| config.memcache_servers = ['mc1', 'mc2'] end
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