Trees removed inside transaction can automatically come back

Bug #1055557 reported by Nathan Williams
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Akiban Persistit
Peter Beaman

Bug Description

Persistit r369

As of the current revision (3.1.8-SNAPSHOT, r269) tree creation is documented as non-transactional and all elements within the tree as transactional.

Since trees lifetime is not handled by MVCC it seems reasonable an application might try to remove any created during a transaction to keep the volume in a known state. However, if a tree is removed inside of a transaction is aborted the tree will be recreated by the CleanupManager.

A distilled test case:
public void treeCheck(Volume v, String msg) throws PersistitException {
    for(String tree : v.getTreeNames()) {
        System.out.println(" " + tree);
        Exchange ex = _persistit.getExchange(v, tree, false);
        while(ex.hasNext()) {
            System.out.println(" " + ex.getKey());

public void resurrectedTrees() throws PersistitException {
    Volume v = _persistit.getVolume(UnitTestProperties.VOLUME_NAME);
    Transaction txn = _persistit.getTransaction();
        Exchange ex = _persistit.getExchange(v, "new_tree1", true);

    treeCheck(v, "Tree Check 1");
    treeCheck(v, "Tree Check 2");

This will output:
[main] WARNING Transaction <ts=273 tc=ABORTED mvv=1> pruning incomplete at JournalAddress 16,823{273} after rollback
Tree Check 1
Tree Check 2

Note that the claim of the entries being handled correct is true (the scan did not find {1}), but the tree did come back after cleanup. I've not checked into the warning so that may be another bug (e.g. causing journal growth).

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Peter Beaman (pbeaman) wrote :

I think the mechanism is pretty straightforward: the proactive pruning logic uses a TransactionPlayer to read and prune transactions from the journal. TransactionPlayer#getExchange constructs an Exchange for this purpose and sets the create flag to true; this causes the tree to be created again.

A fix would be for the getExchange() method to know whether the exchange is passed to support pruning (in which case the tree should not be created) or reapplying a transaction in recovery (in which case it should be created).

Peter Beaman (pbeaman)
Changed in akiban-persistit:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: nobody → Peter Beaman (pbeaman)
Peter Beaman (pbeaman)
Changed in akiban-persistit:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
status: Fix Released → Fix Committed
Changed in akiban-persistit:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
milestone: none → 3.3.0
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