Mistral does not cancel the hierarchical workflow execution - occasional

Bug #1779071 reported by Istvan Imre
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Bug Description

After the correction of bug (https://bugs.launchpad.net/mistral/+bug/1731418) sometimes it happens that sub-workflow cancel not successful.

And the parent task workflow trace looks very strange:
Jun 26 14:42:14 [workflow_trace] Workflow 'main_workflow' [IDLE -> RUNNING, msg=None] (execution_id=ac4c9c53-6a6f-4153-b194-9d023c1876c3)
Jun 26 14:42:18 [workflow_trace] Workflow 'main_workflow' [RUNNING -> CANCELLED, msg=None] (execution_id=ac4c9c53-6a6f-4153-b194-9d023c1876c3)
Jun 26 14:42:19 [workflow_trace] Workflow 'sub_workflow' [IDLE -> RUNNING, msg=None] (execution_id=2a2632d9-b62c-4f0a-b6e3-1657e09303d2)
Jun 26 14:43:12 [workflow_trace] Workflow 'main_workflow' [RUNNING -> SUCCESS, msg=None] (execution_id=ac4c9c53-6a6f-4153-b194-9d023c1876c3)

The stack trace:

Exception during message handling
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/oslo_messaging/rpc/server.py", line 163, in _process_incoming
    res = self.dispatcher.dispatch(message)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/oslo_messaging/rpc/dispatcher.py", line 220, in dispatch
    return self._do_dispatch(endpoint, method, ctxt, args)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/oslo_messaging/rpc/dispatcher.py", line 190, in _do_dispatch
    result = func(ctxt, **new_args)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/engine/engine_server.py", line 257, in stop_workflow
    return self.engine.stop_workflow(wf_ex_id, state, message)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/db/utils.py", line 85, in decorate
    return retry.wraps(_with_auth_context)(auth_ctx, func, *args, **kw)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tenacity/__init__.py", line 214, in wrapped_f
    return self.call(f, *args, **kw)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tenacity/__init__.py", line 295, in call
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tenacity/__init__.py", line 252, in iter
    return fut.result()
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/concurrent/futures/_base.py", line 455, in result
    return self.__get_result()
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tenacity/__init__.py", line 298, in call
    result = fn(*args, **kwargs)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/db/utils.py", line 45, in _with_auth_context
    return func(*args, **kw)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/engine/action_queue.py", line 93, in decorate
    res = func(*args, **kw)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/engine/default_engine.py", line 187, in stop_workflow
    wf_handler.stop_workflow(wf_ex, state, message)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/engine/workflow_handler.py", line 80, in stop_workflow
    stop_workflow(sub_wf_ex, state, msg=msg)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/engine/workflow_handler.py", line 69, in stop_workflow
    wf.stop(state, msg)
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/engine/workflows.py", line 124, in stop
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/engine/workflows.py", line 459, in _cancel_workflow
  File "/opt/nokia/cbam-venv/lib/python2.7/site-packages/mistral/engine/workflows.py", line 480, in _send_result_to_parent_workflow
    "Method _send_result_to_parent_workflow() must never be called"
RuntimeError: Method _send_result_to_parent_workflow() must never be called if a workflow is not in SUCCESS, ERROR or CANCELLED state.

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Dougal Matthews (d0ugal) wrote :

Can you provide the main and sub workflow YAML you used to reproduce this? It would be useful to help resolving it.

Changed in mistral:
status: New → Incomplete
importance: Undecided → High
milestone: none → rocky-3
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Istvan Imre (istvan.imre) wrote :

Generally it is hard to reproduce in live system, due to it caused by some race condition.

But I'm able to reproduce similar issue in unit test with very small workflows: (It is not too clean, but I had not better idea to reproduce the symptom)

mistral.tests.unit.engine.test_set_state.TestSetState: (slightly copy of previous test in same test class)

    def test_cancel_set_state(self):
        wf1_text = """
        version: '2.0'
              workflow: wf2

        wf2_text = """
        version: '2.0'
              action: std.noop
              wait-before: 5


        wf_ex = self.engine.start_workflow('wf1')

        def wait_for_subworkflow_start():
                with db_api.transaction():
                    return True
            except Exception:
                return False

            fail_message="Sub workflow not started in time."
        with db_api.transaction():
             sub_wf_ex = db_api.get_workflow_execution(wf_ex.id).task_executions[0].executions[0]


        # The state in db is SUCCESS, but wf_ex still contains outdated info.
        self.assertEqual(states.RUNNING, sub_wf_ex.state)

        wf = workflows.Workflow(sub_wf_ex)

        # Trying to change the status of succeed execution. There is no error,
        # only warning message that state has been changed in db.

        with db_api.transaction():
            wf_ex = db_api.get_workflow_execution(sub_wf_ex.id)

        self.assertEqual(states.SUCCESS, wf_ex.state)

Dougal Matthews (d0ugal)
Changed in mistral:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Dougal Matthews (d0ugal)
Changed in mistral:
milestone: rocky-3 → stein-1
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Andras Kovi (akovi) wrote :

The reason for the error seems to be if that mistral/engine/workflows.py:345 is simply returning without updating the wf_ex object if the update failed. As the update happened in a different session, the local object is not affected by the change. The later notification therefore fails.

Dougal Matthews (d0ugal)
Changed in mistral:
milestone: stein-1 → none
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