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BEGIN-cascade blocks application

From: Christoph Haller <ch(at)rodos(dot)fzk(dot)de>
To: pgsql-interfaces(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: BEGIN-cascade blocks application
Date: 2004-04-02 12:32:04
Message-ID: 200404021032.MAA07447@rodos (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-interfaces
 PostgreSQL 7.3.4 on hppa-hp-hpux10.20, compiled by GCC 2.8.1 

I'm having a ported monitoring application using the libpq interface. 
After running well for several hours it surprisingly stopped 
without any error condition. 
The application was blocked completely. 
After re-start it worked as expected. 
I've turned on statement logging to find out 
about the last one being processed. It was 
WARNING:  BEGIN: already a transaction in progress

It was the last of a cascade of duplicate BEGINs, 
and the only reason I could see for the application being blocked 
was this cascade. I eliminated those duplicates and now the 
application runs without any stops. 

Was it my fault? 
>From reading the manual I was not aware firing duplicate BEGINs 
(ok, there were probably several thousand, but not uncommitted) 
could have such an drastic effect. 

Regards, Christoph 


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