[Backgroundrb-devel] Couple questions on BDRb and concurrent processing

Raghu Srinivasan raghu.srinivasan at gmail.com
Tue May 20 14:50:29 EDT 2008

My Rails site uses BackgroundDRb and I have a couple of questions:

1. Can someone point me to some sample code/examples for how to use
thread_pool? The website doc says to add a line

pool_size 10
in my Worker class which seems straightforward.

I wasn't able to understand this part though:
thread_pool.defer(wiki_scrap_url) { |wiki_url| scrap_wikipedia(wiki_url) }

Can someone explain this code please? And where does this code go? In my
Rails method that's actually kicking off the b/g process? Right now my
method looks likke this

            worker = MiddleMan.worker(:netflix_worker)
            result = worker.parse_netflix_feeds(passed_netflix_rss_code)
where parse_netflix_feeds is the method in my /lib/workers/netflix_worker.rb

2. My background process is initiated in two ways - one via a live user on
the web and another as a batch process on a scheduled basis. How do I
separate the two so that they don't wait for each other to complete? The b/g
process itself calls out to an RSS feed and inserts/updates data into a
MySQL DB. I don't want a live user's b/g job to wait for a batch process
that might be going through dozens of feeds.


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