Confused classes

Iñaki Baz Castillo ibc at
Sat Feb 6 08:06:04 EST 2010

El Sábado, 6 de Febrero de 2010, Warren Konkel escribió:
> I switched from mod_passenger to unicorn on a fairly high traffic site
> and ran into a strange problem that forced me to move back to
> mod_passenger... it seems as if classes would sometimes get mixed up
> with each other.  If I had two Rails models:
>   class Foo < ActiveRecord::Base;  end
>   class Bar < ActiveRecord::Base;  end
> Normally Foo.inspect and Bar.inspect would return:
>   Foo(field1: integer, field2: integer)
>   Bar(field3: integer, field4: integer)
> When things were "broken" within a process, sometimes I would see:
>    Foo(field3: integer, field4: integer)    <--- note field3/field4
> actually belong to Bar, not Foo
> And because of that, wacky errors would appear in my logs like:
>    Foo.find_by_field1(12345) --> not a method
>    Foo.create(:field1 => 12345)  --> column not found
> I also noticed the problem with field serializing in ActiveRecord... given:
>   class Boz < ActiveRecord::Base
>     serialize :some_data
>   end
> When processes were working correctly,  Boz.find(1).some_data would
> return an actual object (like a Hash).  When things were broken, the
> raw serialized string from the database would be returned... almost as
> if the Boz class "forgot" that it's supposed to deserialize
> "some_data".
> Could it be that class attributes are somehow being co-mingled when
> unicorn is starting up under high concurrency?  Perhaps a mutex is
> missing somewhere?

IMHO all your Unicorn workers are sharing the same DB connection (the same 
ActiveRecord instances) so the problem arises.

Take a look to the configuration here:
You can see there how the ActiveRecord is disconnected at the beggining and 
started for each worker later.

Iñaki Baz Castillo <ibc at>

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