Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Making RabbitMQ Stew

I just wanted to write this up real quick for anyone who may run into the same problem I did...

I'm working on a project where I need to load some work from a queue for indexing into a Xapian Database (coming from CouchDB). So, RabbitMQ seemed like a good fit long-term for such a task.

Anyway, After getting RabbitMQ installed, I went to start'er up and noticed that it kept failing. So, off to the logs we go...and that is where I found the following:

Mnesia('rabbit@[myhostname]'): ** WARNING ** Mnesia is overloaded: {dump_log, ...

Hmm, well as much as I'd love to be pegged for resources I knew this wasn't the case. So after some googling I had found some suggestions that would squelch the warnings. What really seemed to do the trick was starting up rabbitmq-server with the following parameters: -mnesia dump_log_write_threshold 50000 -mnesia dc_dump_limit 40 (this was suggested from the Million User Comet Application

Now, since I know people don't really enjoy reading the documentation on things, I'll make it easier on you. From the mnesia documentation here is a quick description for the above-mentioned parameters.

-mnesia dc_dump_limit Number. Controls how often disc_copies tables are dumped from memory. Tables are dumped when filesize(Log) > (filesize(Tab)/Dc_dump_limit). Lower values reduces cpu overhead but increases disk space and startup times. The default is 4.


-mnesia dump_log_write_threshold Max, where Max is an integer which specifies the maximum number of writes allowed to the transaction log before a new dump of the log is performed. It defaults to 100 log writes.

I'd like to note that I can omit dump_log_write_threshold and still get rabbit up and running, so it may or may not help you out.

Now that I had begun passing these parameters to rabbitmq-server I was now getting a new error in the logs:

=INFO REPORT==== 7-Jan-2009::11:52:45 ===
application: rabbit
exited: {{timeout_waiting_for_tables,
type: temporary

Oy, alright - so the tables don't seem to either be there or they just refuse to be created. Let's see if I can drop the mnedia tables that we created when starting the server and start over again.

So, I...
cd /var/lib/rabbitmq/mnesia/
an "ls" revealed two rabbit directories: rabbit/ and rabbit_20090107031256/
rm -rf rabbit/
rm -rf rabbit_20090107031256/

This now clear! Let's start rabbitmq-server up again, but this time, without all the voodoo.
rabbitmq-server -detached

Starts up fine and now if we check our logs, we should see something like:
=INFO REPORT==== 7-Jan-2009::12:40:48 ===

Rolling persister log to "/var/lib/rabbitmq/mnesia/rabbit/rabbit_persister.LOG.previous"

=INFO REPORT==== 7-Jan-2009::12:40:48 ===
started TCP listener on

The short of it - whipe your mnesia directories and start over.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Who Knew?!?!

...that it would be more than two months since my last post.

...that Rails and Merb would get into bed with each other. (And may or may not come out producing something useful).

...that we would be on the verge of collapsing economically (ok, some did, but I didn't).

...that the Boston Bruins would lead the NHL in points almost half way through the year by winning 10 games straight! (they better knock this off, my Red Wings need some love)

...that the Tennessee Titans would be the 1st seed in the NFL playoffs.

...that I would grasp enough Erlang to seriously consider using it for an application.

...that I could come up with a post as "clever" as this with a horrid head cold.

Ok, well now that the busyness of Nov/Dec is over I can hopefully return to more sharing...Stay tuned.