DBI::Gofer::Execute - Executes Gofer requests and returns Gofer responses


  $executor = DBI::Gofer::Execute->new( { ...config... });
  $response = $executor->execute_request( $request );


Accepts a DBI::Gofer::Request object, executes the requested DBI method calls, and returns a DBI::Gofer::Response object.

Any error, including any internal 'fatal' errors are caught and converted into a DBI::Gofer::Response object.

This module is usually invoked by a 'server-side' Gofer transport module. They usually have names in the ``DBI::Gofer::Transport::*'' namespace. Examples include: the DBI::Gofer::Transport::stream manpage and the DBI::Gofer::Transport::mod_perl manpage.



If defined, it must be a reference to a subroutine that will 'check' the request. It is pass the request object and the executor as its only arguments.

The subroutine can either return the original request object or die with a suitable error message (which will be turned into a Gofer response).

It can also construct and return a new request that should be executed instead of the original request.


If set, this DSN is always used instead of the one in the request.


If set, this DSN is used if forced_connect_dsn is not set and the request does not contain a DSN itself.


A reference to a hash of connect() attributes. Individual attributes in forced_connect_attributes will take precedence over corresponding attributes in the request.


A reference to a hash of connect() attributes. Individual attributes in the request take precedence over corresponding attributes in default_connect_attributes.


If set, the loaded drivers will be checked to ensure they don't have more than this number of cached connections. There is no default value. This limit is not enforced for every request.


If set, all the cached statement handles will be cleared once the number of cached statement handles rises above this limit. The default is 1000.


If true, then only the first result set will be fetched and returned in the response.


A reference to a data structure that can specify extra attributes to be returned in responses.

  forced_response_attributes => {
      DriverName => {
          dbh => [ qw(dbh_attrib_name) ],
          sth => [ qw(sth_attrib_name) ],

This can be useful in cases where the driver has not implemented the private_attribute_info() method and DBI::Gofer::Execute's own fallback list of private attributes doesn't include the driver or attributes you need.


If set, specifies the number of recent requests and responses that should be kept by the update_stats() method for diagnostics. See the DBI::Gofer::Transport::mod_perl manpage.

Note that this setting can significantly increase memory use. Use with caution.


Enable forced random failures and/or delays for testing. See DBI_GOFER_RANDOM below.


Gofer needs to know about any driver-private attributes that should have their values sent back to the client.

If the driver doesn't support private_attribute_info() method, and very few do, then the module fallsback to using some hard-coded details, if available, for the driver being used. Currently hard-coded details are available for the mysql, Pg, Sybase, and SQLite drivers.


DBD::Gofer, DBD::Execute and related packages are well tested by executing the DBI test suite with DBI_AUTOPROXY configured to route all DBI calls via DBD::Gofer.

Because Gofer includes timeout and 'retry on error' mechanisms there is a need for some way to trigger delays and/or errors. This can be done via the forced_gofer_random configuration item, or else the DBI_GOFER_RANDOM environment variable.


The value of the forced_gofer_random configuration item (or else the DBI_GOFER_RANDOM environment variable) is treated as a series of tokens separated by commas.

The tokens can be one of three types:


Set the current failure rate to R where R is a percentage. The value R can be floating point, e.g., fail=0.05%. Negative values for R have special meaning, see below.


Set the current random delay rate to R where R is a percentage, and set the current delay duration to N seconds. The values of R and N can be floating point, e.g., delay120=0.1%. Negative values for R have special meaning, see below.


Applies the current current random failure rate and random delay rate and duration to the named method. If neither a fail nor delay have been set yet then a warning is generated.

For example:

  $executor = DBI::Gofer::Execute->new( {
    forced_gofer_random => "fail=0.01%,do,delay60=1%,execute",

will cause the do() method to fail for 0.01% of calls, and the execute() method to fail 0.01% of calls and be delayed by 60 seconds on 1% of calls.

If the percentage value (R) is negative then instead of the failures being triggered randomly (via the rand() function) they are triggered via a sequence number. In other words ``fail=-20%'' will mean every fifth call will fail. Each method has a distinct sequence number.


Tim Bunce,


Copyright (c) 2007, Tim Bunce, Ireland. All rights reserved.

This module is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. See the perlartistic manpage.