[Bitcoin-development] bitcoind stops responding

Olivier Langlois olivier at trillion01.com
Fri Oct 4 03:52:18 UTC 2013

> 1380610633.387730: POST / HTTP/1.1^M
> ThreadRPCServer method=getinfo
> CTxMemPool::accept() : accepted dc2941dd69b2f9fa2754f741dfba76489abef706bd237e3bd715181950723e4d (poolsz 1283)
> keypool reserve 15
> keypool return 15
> locktime : 5.996820 calltime : 0.000328 totaltime : 5.997148

I have found another circumstance where getinfo rpc function can take
more than 2 secs to return. Here are the circunstances:

received block 0000000000000013c889fbe1b2a23eb4b6bd38a8051420be1bf319da184f02ae
Committing 1015 changed transactions to coin database...
SetBestChain: new best=0000000000000013c889fbe1b2a23eb4b6bd38a8051420be1bf319da184f02ae  height=261213  log2_work=72.38679  tx=24743665  date=2013-10-02 05:26:49 progress=0.999999

ThreadRPCServer method=getinfo
keypool reserve 15
keypool return 15
locktime : 0.000001 calltime : 2.453037 totaltime : 2.453038

This time locking the contention isn't from cs_main, cs_wallet mutex
lock. I think that what happen here is

1. CWallet::SetBestChain is called
2. This trigger ThreadFlushWalletDB that will lock wallet db and flush
3. getinfo will have to wait that ThreadFlushWalletDB ends to complete

Just throwing a couple of ideas here. Comments are welcome:


Is closing the db and reopen it the only way to flush the db to disk?
Can it be done asynchonously? I don't know BDB much but probably closing
the DB involves some blocking fsync() call and given that this follow
1015 records writing into the txdb, it takes more time than it should
otherwise to return.


I'm relatively new to bitcoin. I understand that in a recent past
everything was using BDB. Now that only the wallet seems to keep using
it, maybe some options could be removed to make BDB more lightweight.


>From what I see, BDB API access is already well synchronized by
bitcoind. There is no obvious reason to ask BDB API to be thread safe.


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I suspect this subsystem initialization to
be a vestige of when txdb was in BDB.


not sure at all about this one but I'm throwing the idea anyway.
Personnally, I have no used for 'keypoololdest'. I might experiment
without it

How about having an optional bool param to 'getinfo' that could have the
name 'lowlatency' or 'nodb' to skip info gathering having the potential
to make the call longer?

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