howard - thank you for the prompt reply and for putting this wonderful library together.
to clarify my understanding, can you elaborate a little on the locking lmdb tx provide cross threads and processes? in particular
1. do they provide a writer lock by default and one needs to flag MDB_TXN_RDONLY when a writer lock is not required?
2. given that mdb_txn_begin is a precursor to most other actions, are these locks "data store" wide? is there some other mechanism to lock a key/value pair or cursor so not to delay access to other keys? or is the basic assumption such is unnecessary?
Tomer Doron wrote:
wondering what the best strategy to achieve atomic updates with LMDB.
what i am trying to achieve is a read then update atomic action given a
highly concurrent use case, for example, if a key/value pair represents a
counter, how does one increment or decrement the counter atomically.
i am pretty sure mdb_get -> mdv_set sequence is not atomic, wondering if
mdb_cursor_get -> mdv_cursor_put sequence is? perhaps a certain flag is
required on the get action to achieve a lock? in my bdb implementation i
used lockers to achieve this.
Transactions are atomic. Whatever operations you perform in a single transaction will occur atomically. BDB-style locking is unnecessary.
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