Query about HSH_EXPBUSY & HSH_EXP in HSH_Lookup

Pål Hermunn Johansen hermunn at varnish-software.com
Fri Feb 2 12:23:36 UTC 2018

2018-02-01 22:36 GMT+01:00 Dridi Boukelmoune <dridi at varni.sh>:
> On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 9:46 PM, Arvind Narayanan <arvind at cs.umn.edu> wrote:
> <snip>
>> If busy, is the variable busy_found set to 0 or 1? For expired objects, it
>> looks like if it is not busy, then you set the return value to HSH_EXPBUSY,
>> shouldn't it be HSH_EXP? Can anyone help me understand this piece of code?
>> Because below, the code returns HSH_MISS
> It's a bit embarrassing because I've stared hard at this code a couple
> months ago, and don't remember the details.

I had to spend a lot of time with this code, and I think I remember
most of it. I did a small essay on an old bug,


and, as you can see, I propose a change in the code that will make it
even harder to follow. Later I discovered that my PR was not enough
to fix the problems, and I am working on a new PR that will change
how TTLs are calculated.

> I think that HSH_EXPBUSY means that the object you found during the lookup
> was expired but  there is an ongoing transaction also matching (hash and
> variants) your lookup.

This is correct.

> So I think in that case your hit is actually a graced object.

It can also be an expired object that is in "keep". However, even if
you have 0s keep and 0s grace, you can get an object here. This
happens when the expiry thread is lagging a bit, or when you are
affected by the very slightly different ways TTLs are calculated in
VCL and the core.

> But I only tried to remember from the snippet you posted, I didn't
> look at the full picture.

If you look at the code that calls HSH_Lookup, you will see that the
return value is not always considered, but the result of the lookup
is deduced from the values that HSH_Lookup did or did not set
(struct objcore **ocp, struct objcore **bocp).

When reading the code, maybe looking at the variables ocp and
bocp is key to understanding what is going on.


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