RE: A strange locking issue with parent-child relation (snipped to fit in list limit)
Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2009 14:49:12 -0400
When inserting into the parent table, it needs to hold a TM RS (row share lmode 2) on the child table. RS is the the least restrictive mode of table lock, which prevents other transactions from exclusive write access to the same table. Since TM RS lock is incompatible with the TM X
(lmode 6) , which held by " lock table son in exclusive mode", the
insert into parent statement is blocked until the TM exclusive lock is released from child table.
I think it is an expected behavior....
[mailto:oracle-l-bounce_at_freelists.org] On Behalf Of Mark W. Farnham Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 1:34 PM
Subject: FW: A strange locking issue with parent-child relation (snipped to fit in list limit)
From: Mark W. Farnham [mailto:mwf_at_rsiz.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:57 PM
To: 'Thomas.Mercadante_at_labor.state.ny.us'; 'Amihay.Gonen_at_ecitele.com';
Subject: RE: A strange locking issue with parent-child relation
He is locking table "son" and inserting into table a (a is the parent). The parent is not locked and has no foreign keys itself.
I have reproduced his test case in 22.214.171.124. An insert into table "a" cannot jeopardize the validity of the foreign key in son, so an insert should not require reference to "son".
(I actually used table names parent and child so I could keep things
straight in my head and because I have those tables laying around.)
Looks like a retrograde bug to me. He is not attempting to do anything to "son", so the fact that it is locked should have nothing to do with the insert into "a."
If I just had a brain cramp, please explain it to me, too. Regardless of possible application design problems, Oracle shouldn't be waiting behind locks on objects it does not have to reference.
Why are you locking the table in exclusive mode?
You told Oracle to lock the table and then you are surprised when it did it?
It looks like this is working as it should.
When I to insert !! to a parent table and other session is lock table in exclusive mode . The session hangs.
Here is test case
Drop table son;
Drop table a;
create table a (a number primary key);
create table son(a number);
create index son on son(a);
ALTER TABLE son ADD ( CONSTRAINT son FOREIGN KEY (a) REFERENCES a
lock table son in exclusive mode;
- from other session try to insert in to A
- session is locked until
commit;Received on Wed Mar 18 2009 - 13:49:12 CDT