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Re: [IndexedDB] IDBRequest.abort on writing requests

From: Jeremy Orlow <jorlow@chromium.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 07:12:35 +0100
Message-ID: <AANLkTimkIZ71eH9o8Zx9UGrsxJ5eEfS1MeODDPfTIc7I@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Cc: Webapps WG <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 9:41 PM, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 1:17 PM, Jeremy Orlow <jorlow@chromium.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 13, 2010 at 8:25 PM, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc> wrote:
> >>
> >> Hi All,
> >>
> >> Sorry if this is something that I've brought up before. I know I meant
> >> to bring this up in the past, but I couldn't find any actual emails.
> >>
> >> One thing that we discussed while implementing IndexedDB was what to
> >> do for IDBRequest.abort() or "writing" requests. For example on the
> >> request object returned from IDBObjectStore.remove() or
> >> IDBCursor.update().
> >>
> >> Ideal would of course be if it would cancel the write operation,
> >> however this isn't always possible. If the call to .abort() comes
> >> after the write operation has already executed in the database, but
> >> before the 'success' event has had a chance to fire. What's worse is
> >> that other write operations might already have been performed on top
> >> of the aborted request. Consider for example the following code:
> >>
> >> req1 = myObjectStore.remove(12);
> >> req2 = myObjectStore.add({ id: 12, name: "Benny Andersson" });
> >> .... do other stuff ....
> >> req1.abort();
> >>
> >> In this case, even if the database supported aborting a specific
> >> operation, it's very hard to say what the correct thing to do with
> >> operations performed after it. As far as I know, databases generally
> >> don't support rolling back a given operation, only rolling back to a
> >> specific point, i.e. rolling back a given operation and all operations
> >> performed after it.
> >>
> >> We could say that abort() signals some sort of error if the operation
> >> has already been performed in the database, however that makes abort()
> >> very racy.
> >>
> >> Instead we concluded that the best thing to do was to specify that
> >> IDBRequest.abort() should throw if called on a modifying request. If
> >> this sounds good I'll make this change to the spec.
> >
> > I'd be fine with that.
> > Or we could remove abort all together.  I can't really think of what
> types
> > of operations you'd really want to abort until (at least) we have some
> sort
> > of join language or other mechanism to do really expensive read-only
> calls.
> I think there are expensive-ish read-only calls. Indexes are
> effectively a join mechanism since you'll hit one b-tree to do the
> index lookup, and then a second b-tree to look up the full object in
> the objectStore.

But each individual call (the scope of canceling an IDBRequest) is pretty

> I don't really feel strongly either way. I think abort() isn't too
> hard to implement, but also doesn't provide a ton of value. At least
> not, like you say, until we add expensive calls like getAll or
> multi-step joins.

I agree that when we look at adding such calls we may want to add an abort
on just IDBRequest, but until then I don't think it's a very useful feature.
 And being easy to add is not a good reason to lock ourselves into
a particular design in the future.  I think we should remove it until
there's a good reason for it to exist.

> > Or we could take abort off IDBRequest and instead put a rollback on
> > transactions (and not do the modify limitation).
> I definitely think we should have IDBTransaction.abort() no matter
> what. And that should allow rolling back write operations.

Agreed.  In which case it seems as though being able to abort individual
operations isn't that important...especially given what we just talked about

So can we just get rid of abort() on IDBRequest?

Received on Wednesday, 14 July 2010 06:13:25 UTC

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