[Rd] 00LOCK and nfs

Kasper Daniel Hansen kasperdanielhansen at gmail.com
Tue Jun 1 14:52:05 CEST 2010

Further experimentation using this patch to install.packages shows
that I sometimes have remaining 00LOCK-pkgname directories after doing
a massive update on a multi-user system with R installed on NFS.
However, I have never had install.packages/update.packages stop midway
because of an unremovable 00LOCK directory.  I therefore consider the
patch to be big improvement for people like me, having a multi-user R
installed on NFS.  Private followups to my original email shows that I
am not the only one with this problem.

I would very much like the patch (or some variant hereof) to be
considered for inclusion in R-devel.


On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 11:59 AM, Kasper Daniel Hansen
<kasperdanielhansen at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is a follow-up to an old thread with kind of solution to the
> 00LOCK problem on NFS.
> I have made a patch to install.packages to accept a new argument
>  locktype = c("lock", "no-lock", "pkglock")
> which is passed to R CMD INSTALL.  This addition might have
> independent interest aside from the NFS problem, as it exposes
> functionality from R CMD INSTALL to install.packages and the very
> convenient update.packages.  Patches are at
>  http://www.biostat.jhsph.edu/~khansen/packages2.R-patch
>  http://www.biostat.jhsph.edu/~khansen/install.packages.Rd-patch
> (patches to files in the utils package) and both
>  R-devel (R version 2.12.0 Under development (unstable) (2010-05-17 r52025))
> and
>  R-2.11 (R version 2.11.0 Patched (2010-05-17 r52025))
> passed make check-all with these two patches applied.  I thought about
> adding a note describing my findings below to the details section, but
> decided against it.
> Regarding the 00LOCK problem.  In my testing, using the patches above
> and setting locktype = "pkglock", makes it possible to deal with the
> NFS problem.  Specifically, I have not been able to make
> update.packages() fail midway, due to a un-removable 00LOCK file
> (which is not too surprising, as I now have a per-package lock).
> However, sometimes (but far less frequently than before), a
> 00LOCK-pkgname directory remains after update/install.packages.
> Sometimes this 00LOCK-pkgname directory does not contain any .nfs*
> files (!?) and sometimes it does. For this reason, I still precede any
> install/update.packages with a check for the existence of a
> 00LOCK-pkgname directory and an attempt to remove it.
> The difference between using locktype = "pkglock" and not is
> specifically that without, it was possible for update.packages to fail
> midway even though there were no 00LOCK* files at the start of the
> update process.
> Originally I hypothesized that the presence of the .nfs* files in the
> 00LOCK directory had to do with synchronization issues between the
> file server and the compute node.  In order to approach this I tried
> to insert a
>  system("sleep 10")
> at the beginning of
>  do_cleanup
> in
>  tools/R/install.R
> but that did not work.
> Since the pkglock approach described above seems to solve this issue
> for me, I have not pursued the synchronization issue further.
> Kasper

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