[Mailman-Developers] Not sleeping for locks?

Pug Bainter pug at pug.net
Tue Sep 30 12:37:35 EDT 2003

Good Morning,

  We've been noticing a very high load on our fileserver that holds our
  mailman spool. This morning when I ran 2 archivers at once because of
  a backlog to a list, I noticed that the stat request volume sky

  From strace'ing a second archiver running, I see that the system
  doesn't even a tenth of a second in what I assume is the time.sleep

11:15:10.712914 gettimeofday({1064938510, 712937}, NULL) = 0
11:15:10.712976 gettimeofday({1064938510, 712998}, NULL) = 0
11:15:11.512977 gettimeofday({1064938511, 512995}, NULL) = 0
11:15:11.513035 gettimeofday({1064938511, 513051}, NULL) = 0

  Now maybe I'm not understanding what the following code is supposed to

    def __sleep(self):
        interval = random.random() * 2.0 + 0.01

  but I read it to be sleeping for between 0.01 and 2.01 seconds. During
  my traces, I never saw it sleep even 0.01 seconds, let alone anything
  ressembling something reasonably random.

  Am I just missing something?

  This was noticed on:

Mailman version: 2.1.2
Python version:  2.2.2
OS version:      Solaris 2.8 and RedHat 7.3

  Thanks for any help!

  NOTE: I'm not on the developers list, but I thought they might have an
        answer for this behavior.


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