Opened 12 months ago

Closed 9 months ago

Last modified 9 months ago

#23152 closed Cleanup/optimization (fixed)

Geodjango spatialite test database initialization very slow on some systems

Reported by: tomlottermann@… Owned by: cardoe
Component: GIS Version: master
Severity: Normal Keywords:
Cc: Triage Stage: Accepted
Has patch: no Needs documentation: no
Needs tests: no Patch needs improvement: no
Easy pickings: no UI/UX: no


While testing some of my gis models, I noticed that the test database setup ran really slowly (about 16 minutes on my harddisk).

I dug a little bit deeper into the code and noticed that the execution of load_spatialite_sql() in contrib/gis/db/spatialite/ went really slowly. To be more precise the line:

cur.execute("SELECT InitSpatialMetaData()")

I found this issue here:

This basically says that the InitSpatialMetaData() command is really slow on some systems, because it executes in many transactions.
One could speed it up by using one of the following solutions:

  1. pass 1 to the function. This makes (at least recent versions of spatialite) it execute in a single transaction. I am not really sure for which versions of spatialite this works.
    cur.execute("SELECT InitSpatialMetaData(1)")
  1. manually control the transaction:
    cur.execute("BEGIN ;")
    cur.execute("SELECT InitSpatialMetaData()")
    cur.execute("COMMIT ;")

For people who have the test database outside the memory this might be a huge problem.

Change History (6)

comment:1 Changed 12 months ago by timo

  • Easy pickings unset
  • Needs documentation unset
  • Needs tests unset
  • Patch needs improvement unset
  • Triage Stage changed from Unreviewed to Accepted
  • Type changed from Bug to Cleanup/optimization
  • Version changed from 1.7-rc-2 to master

From that link, it looks like this is only supported on Spatialite 4.1+ so we may need some conditional logic to avoid breaking older versions.

comment:2 Changed 9 months ago by cardoe

I've implemented this and submitted it as part of the following pull request: Would you accept the same pull request against the 1.7 branch for a future stable bump?

comment:3 Changed 9 months ago by cardoe

  • Owner changed from nobody to cardoe
  • Status changed from new to assigned

comment:4 Changed 9 months ago by Tim Graham <timograham@…>

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

In 57e40551e41eaf31ff96672beea9b1f732f2e331:

Fixed #23152 -- Added support for transactional Spatialite metadata initialization.

Thanks Doug Goldstein for the initial patch.

comment:5 Changed 9 months ago by Tim Graham <timograham@…>

In 9c9f35ed27d1762f8da5ac0683d350952debf709:

[1.7.x] Fixed #23152 -- Added support for transactional Spatialite metadata initialization.

Thanks Doug Goldstein for the initial patch.

Backport of 57e40551e4 from master

comment:6 Changed 9 months ago by Tim Graham <timograham@…>

In e548d08f243335b4f11190417830a5f3027efd2a:

Renamed SpatiaLite feature flag introduced in refs #23152.

Thanks Doug Goldstein for the suggestion.

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