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Re^3: Randomness encountered with CGI Session

by afoken (Chancellor)
on Jun 09, 2010 at 15:39 UTC ( #843857=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Randomness encountered with CGI Session
in thread Randomness encountered with CGI Session

Is it common to use Storable to store CGI session data?

I don't know, and I don't really care. But I smell a race condition here. Are you using proper file locking to prevent two nearly parallel processes from overwriting the single storage file with out-of-date data?

File locking is highly OS dependant. There are several ways to lock a file, and most times, only one of them really protects you from race conditions. And it even gets worse when network drives are added. For that reason, and because I most times already have and use a database, I prefer using a relational database for storing sessions. It doesn't really matter which one, all of the big players (PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL, MS SQL Server) have working locking mechanisms, so I don't have to care about file locking. SQLite should also work, at least on a local file system on Unix derivates. I'm not sure about SQLite's file locking on Windows and on network drives, there may be problems.


Today I will gladly share my knowledge and experience, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so". ;-)
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Re^4: Randomness encountered with CGI Session
by Anonymous Monk on Jun 09, 2010 at 16:08 UTC

    Thanks afoken :)

    I'm likely to go with a MySQL solution. Things like race conditions can cause unexpected behaviour and so difficult to troubleshoot. Furthermore, I have only used Storable briefly as an exploration, so don't know much about it and might be problematic to troubleshoot if things go wrong.

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