Edgewall Software

Opened 18 years ago

Closed 18 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#93 closed defect (worksforme)

Berkeley DB error while opening 'nodes' table for filesystem

Reported by: anonymous Owned by: Jonas Borgström
Priority: high Milestone:
Component: version control/browser Version: devel
Severity: critical Keywords:
Cc: Branch:
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Trac detected an internal error:

("Berkeley DB error while opening 'nodes' table for filesystem /var/svn/edgewall.com/trac/db:\nCannot allocate memory", 160029)

If you think this really should work and you can reproduce it. Then you should consider to report this problem to the Trac team.

Go to http://trac.edgewall.com/ and there you create a new ticket where you describe the problem, how to reproduce it and don't forget to include the python traceback found below. Python traceback

Traceback (most recent call last):

File "/usr/lib/python2.1/site-packages/trac/trac.py", line 203, in main


File "/usr/lib/python2.1/site-packages/trac/trac.py", line 143, in real_main

rep = repos.svn_repos_open(repos_dir, pool)

SubversionException: ("Berkeley DB error while opening 'nodes' table for filesystem /var/svn/edgewall.com/trac/db:\nCannot allocate memory", 160029)

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comment:1 by Jonas Borgström, 18 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Something messed up (probably bdb or svn). Somehow a lock file was left behind in the repository. I had to run svnadmin recover on the repository to get it up and running again.

Judging by the web-server log, no one was trying to modify the repository at the time. This was strange….

I'm closing this bug, but will do some more investigation…

comment:2 by vittorio, 18 years ago

Component: timelinebrowser
Resolution: fixed
Status: closedreopened
Summary: Berkeley DB error while opening 'nodes' table for filesystem
Version: 0.5.1devel

i got this after indexing my 3 trac-projects with htdig. the other 2 remained intact. svnadmin recover got it up running again too. i didnt access svn while indexing.

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/python2.1/site-packages/trac/core.py", line 419, in cgi_start
  File "/usr/lib/python2.1/site-packages/trac/core.py", line 407, in real_cgi_start
    module = module_factory(args, env, database, req)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.1/site-packages/trac/core.py", line 152, in module_factory
    pool, rep, fs_ptr = open_svn_repos(repos_dir)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.1/site-packages/trac/core.py", line 317, in open_svn_repos
    rep = repos.svn_repos_open(repos_dir, pool)
SubversionException: ("Berkeley DB error while opening 'nodes' table for filesystem /var/lib/svn/repos/test/db:\nCannot allocate memory", 160029)

trac 0.7-pre trunk, 23.april debian woody on vmware 4.5 subversion from www.backports.org subversion-1.0.1 python 2.1 sqlit-2.8.13 pysqlit-0.5 clearsilver-0.9.7 Silvercity-0.9.5

i will try to reproduce, when its reproducible will try if subversion-1.0.2 does fix this.

comment:3 by vittorio, 18 years ago

i did a 2nd indexing with htdig resulting in the same error on another repository. but this time i wasnt able to recover the repository!

after installing subversion 1.0.2 from www.backports.org the system seems to be stable!
there was no error after 5 times indexing (big) repositories ( also while checkin to stress more)

closeing the bug therefore. either its a problem with trac+subversion 1.0.1 (or python bindings) or the 1.0.1 backport.

i will index and stress more and reopen the bug if theres a problem again.

comment:4 by vittorio, 18 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: reopenedclosed

comment:5 by vittorio, 18 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: closedreopened

on next indexing, same problem again :/ (same traceback)

and cant recover:

vmdebian:/var/lib/svn/repos$ svnadmin recover /var/lib/svn/repos/test
Please wait; recovering the repository may take some time...
svn: DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run database recovery

comment:6 by vittorio, 18 years ago

although i get DB_RUNRECOVERY fatal error on every svn recover, the repository just works without a problem. all files have www-data:www-data ownership. if i do a svnadmin dump, svnadmin load, the DB_RUNRECOVERY error disappears on svnadmin recover. this is probably a subversion issue.
to make sure the repo locking problem isnt related to permission problems, i did a chown -R www-data:www-data on all repos, but repos still get locked when indexing with htdig.
as jonas pointed out on #trac that:

  1. the server could be under heavy load so apache times out and kills trac.cgi.
  2. Python segfaults for some reason.

i started alot computational hungry tasks so the average load was > 20, but this didnt triggered the problem earlier. maybe thats not the right test because htdig will slow down too, so stressing apache would be better probably. investigating more …

comment:7 by remi2402@…, 18 years ago

In my case, I was able to reproduce the error twice in the same conditions :

  • set up svn using "svn create"
  • start svnserve
  • installing/configuring trac-admin for the repository (at this point, still no error)
  • one checkout and one commit
  • go to the trac-browser to see the error

In my case, svnadmin recover did the trick, but I only have 2 revisions on my svn tree.

Hope this helps


comment:8 by Jonas Borgström, 18 years ago

remi2402@…, this sounds like svnserve and trac.cgi are run by different unix users. This will create file permission problems that will result in the same error message.


The above chapter describes how to configure permissions for multiple repository access methods (both svnserve and httpd/trac.cgi)

comment:9 by daniel, 18 years ago


comment:10 by daniel, 18 years ago

Resolution: worksforme
Status: reopenedclosed

comment:11 by anonymous, 17 years ago

Priority: highesthigh

comment:12 by Christian Boos, 10 years ago

Milestone: 0.7.1

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