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Ephemeral node for exclusive lock not cleaned up when failure happens during lock acquisition #51

ryanlecompte opened this Issue Oct 7, 2012 · 2 comments


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ryanlecompte commented Oct 7, 2012

I was finally able to reproduce the issue that we were looking at in IRC on Friday. Here's an isolated test case:

In process 1:

zk = ZK.new('..')
l = zk.locker('foo')


In process 2:

zk = ZK.new('..')
l = zk.locker('foo')


Now press Ctrl-C to simulate an exception/error happening while in the blocking #lock! call. Note that in my scenario I was producing this error condition by killing a couple ZK servers.

Now, when you do:


You'll notice that there are some entries there that never get cleaned up.

I would love for this to get cleaned up somehow if possible, because in the case of redis_failover, it ends up producing a situation where the non-master node managers never get a chance to become a real master since they always hang on their next #lock!(true) call. They hang because their previous #lock!(true) call failed and their old ephemeral sequential znode never got deleted.

As a workaround, I'm doing the following hack in redis_failover (master):

        # we manually attempt to delete the lock path before
        # acquiring the lock, since currently the lock doesn't
        # get cleaned up if there is a connection error while
        # the client was previously blocked in the #lock! call.
        if path = @zk_lock.lock_path
          @zk.delete(path, :ignore => :no_node)

@ghost ghost assigned slyphon Oct 7, 2012

slyphon added a commit that referenced this issue Oct 7, 2012

Probable fix for #51, more aggressive cleanup of lock state
Basically runs cleanup if we're exiting the lock method and we didn't
acquire the lock (based on @locked), which is what we actually *mean*

ryanlecompte commented Oct 7, 2012

Awesome! I just tested your new branch locally and it fixes my redis_failover situation.


ryanlecompte commented Oct 8, 2012

Fixed in ZK 1.7.2. Thanks @slyphon!

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