[ANN] unicorn 3.6.0 - small fixes, PRNG workarounds

Eric Wong normalperson at yhbt.net
Thu Apr 21 02:56:49 EDT 2011


Changes:

Mainly small fixes, improvements, and workarounds for fork() issues
with pseudo-random number generators shipped with Ruby (Kernel#rand,
OpenSSL::Random (used by SecureRandom and also by Rails).

The PRNG issues are documented in depth here (and links to Ruby Redmine):

  http://bogomips.org/unicorn.git/commit?id=1107ede7
  http://bogomips.org/unicorn.git/commit?id=b3241621

If you're too lazy to upgrade, you can just do this in your after_fork
hooks:

  after_fork do |server,worker|
    tmp = srand
    OpenSSL::Random.seed(tmp.to_s) if defined?(OpenSSL::Random)
  end

There are also small log reopening (SIGUSR1) improvements:

* relative paths may also be reopened, there's a small chance this
  will break with a handful of setups, but unlikely.  This should
  make configuration easier especially since the "working_directory"
  configurator directive exists.  Brought up by Matthew Kocher:
  http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.ruby.unicorn.general/900

* workers will just die (and restart) if log reopening fails for
  any reason (including user error).  This is to workaround the issue
  reported by Emmanuel Gomez:
  http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.ruby.unicorn.general/906


* http://unicorn.bogomips.org/
* mongrel-unicorn at rubyforge.org
* git://bogomips.org/unicorn.git

-- 
Eric Wong


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