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Cleaning up aborted transactions

From: Michael Glaesemann <grzm(at)myrealbox(dot)com>
To: pgsql-php(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Cleaning up aborted transactions
Date: 2003-06-09 08:09:21
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I've been working my way through learning PostgreSQL (7.3.2) and PHP 
(4.3.0) and have been really pleased how things have been coming 
together. However, I have a question about handling transactions with 
PostgreSQL and PHP.

Before I figured out how to successfully implement a transaction 
through PHP, I bungled it quite a few times, in that the transaction 
got aborted. Unfortunately, due to my inexperience, the COMMIT 
statement didn't get sent after it was aborted—the PHP script just died.

After I finally figured out how to do transactions without crashing and 
burning (or at least sending a COMMIT if it did abort), I would still 
get SQL errors saying that the current SQL couldn't be processed 
because a transaction had been aborted. Now, I know for a fact that the 
scripts I was running then weren't issuing transactions. And it was 
very sporadic. Sometimes I'd just be running the same script that had 
just run successfully—no changes, nothing occurring in the interim—and 
I'd get the "transaction aborted" SQL error.

I'm wondering if PHP is cycling through a number of different 
connections to use to get to the database. A few of them had been 
aborted and not committed, so when PHP selected that connection, 
Postgres would send the transaction aborted error.

How do I clean up these aborted transactions? Of course, prevention is 
better than cure, but we all get colds sometimes. :)

I've since restarted postmaster and the problem seems like it went 
away. Scripts running fine. But I'd like to know how to fix this in the 
future (without restrarting postmaster) when it happens again.

Thanks for any advice! 


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