[Catalyst] Configure psgi.input as optional?

Lasse Makholm lasse at unity3d.com
Fri Jun 5 23:38:58 GMT 2015

On Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 8:26 PM, Bill Moseley <moseley at hank.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> Our app handles a lot of uploads, often quite large uploads.    As we
> know, uploads (and any non-parsed body) gets written to temp files via
> HTTP::Body.
> Now, Catalyst::Request also writes every body to a temp file (via
> Stream::Buffered).   So, depending on the body size, can take up to twice
> the space in temp files as the content length.
> If we are not going to use psgi.input and just use Catalyst's
> (HTTP::Body's) temp files could we make the creation of psgi.input optional?
> I have a few other concerns about the current code.
> prepare_body in Catalyst::Request does not check the return code when it
> writes to the psgi.input file.   HTTP::Body also fails to check return
> codes when it writes.   This means if the partition where temp files are
> created fills then Catalyst request will ignore this and continue as if
> there's no problem.   I trust the risk here is recognized.
> I think the fix in Catalyst::Request is pretty simple by checking return
> values:
>     # Check for definedness as you could read '0'
>     while ( defined ( my $chunk = $self->read() ) ) {
>         $self->prepare_body_chunk($chunk);
>         next unless $stream_buffer;
>         $stream_buffer->print($chunk)
>             || die sprintf "Failed to write %d bytes to psgi.input file:
> $!", length( $chunk );
>     }
> HTTP::Body needs similar changes.

On a related note, things like NFS mounted file systems tend to not
guarantee that data is safely written to disk until all write() calls AND
the final close() have completed successfully.

Code that checks that write() succeeds but then fails to do the same for
close() is still broken.

Thanks for looking into this. Our app handles lots of large uploads too and
I would love to see this fixed in HTTP::Body.


> See any problem with making the psgi.input file optional?   And any reason
> not to throw an exception when writing to the temp file fails?
> BTW -- Plack::Handler::Apache2 sets psgi.input to the Apache request
> object $r -- it would be handy to preserve this object for later use.
> --
> Bill Moseley
> moseley at hank.org
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