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From: andrew dot x dot dear at jpmchase dot com
Subject: sybperl occasionally causes script to 'die' when cancelling a query
Date: Jun 5 2008 9:55AM

(Apologies if this appears twice - I did could not see the first send on 
the list).

Hi. I have a daemon script which runs sql and sets up a timeout in case 
the sql gets stuck due to a problem on the server (usually in the ct_fetch 
loop). At that point the msg_cb cancels the query and the rest of the 
script should carry on.

Often this works fine, however occasionally the perl script dies - which 
is bad news for our daemon script - and it looks like this 'die' is called 
from within sybperl. Here are the error messages received by the 
msg_handler (where everything has 'Error:' or 'Info:' prepended) and the 
final 'die' message (which has nothing prepended and so does not come from 
our handlers):

Info: Cancelling query on dbh.
Error: Client Message: 6, Severity 5, Origin 3
Error: ct_fetch(): network packet layer: internal net library error: 
Net-Library operation terminated due to disconnect
Error: Client Message: 0, Severity 0, Origin 0
Error: ct_cancel(): unable to get layer message string: unable to get 
origin message string: error string not available
ct_cancel() failed - dying at /home/edgdba/bin/spid line 2433.

Looking a little deeper I can see this final message in

strings | grep cancel
ct_cancel() failed - dying

Tested on Perl 5.8.4/Sybperl 2.17       and     Perl 5.10.0/Sybperl 2.18

Are there any plans to get rid of this 'die' call in the sybperl library? 
Do you know how I can avoid it? (short of calling ct_fetch in an eval, 
which - while I haven't tried it - doesn't look too pleasant or correct).

Finally here is the msg_cb code snippet dealing with the timeouts:

sub msg_cb
        my($layer, $origin, $severity, $number, $msg, $osmsg, $dbh) = @_;
        # Handle query timeout messages
        if ($layer == 1 and $origin == 2 and $number == 63) {
                $Total_blocked_secs = 0 unless $Total_blocked_secs;
                $Total_blocked_secs += $Sql_timeout;

                if (!defined($dbh) or $dbh->DBDEAD()) {
                        # This is a connection timeout
                        out("\nInfo: Connection attempt has been blocked 
for the last $Total_blocked_secs seconds.\n");
                        if ( $Total_blocked_secs >= $Max_blocked_secs ) {
                                # Cancel the connection attempt
                                out("\nError: Connection attempt blocked 
for longer than max allowed time ($Max_blocked_secs secs). Cancelling 
connection attempt.\n");
                                return CS_FAIL;
                        } else {
                                return CS_SUCCEED;      # Keep trying
                } else {
                        # This is a query timeout
                        our ($Current_sql_section);
                        out("\nInfo: Spid sql query has been blocked on 
the server (processing section $Current_sql_section) for the last 
$Total_blocked_secs seconds.\n");

                        if ( $Total_blocked_secs >= $Max_blocked_secs ) {
                                # Cancel the query and force a reconnect
                                out("\nError: Query blocked on server 
(processing section $Current_sql_section) for longer than max allowed time 
($Max_blocked_secs secs). Cancelling query and reconnecting.\n");

                                # Use ATTN, not ALL since we're in a 
                                if (defined $dbh ) {
                                        out("\nInfo: Cancelling query on 
                                } else {
                                        # We don't always get $dbh, so try 
our main connection otherwise
                                        out("\nInfo: Cancelling query on 
Con.\n"), $Con->ct_cancel(CS_CANCEL_ATTN) if defined($Con);

                                # Don't actually close the connection here 
- let it complete the message and
                                # this script will reconnect
                                $Connection_dead = $true;
                                $Status = "TIMED_OUT";
                                return CS_SUCCEED;
                        } else {
                                return CS_SUCCEED;      # Continue for now

Thanks for any help.


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