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In order to avoid long-running transactions (leading e.g. to issues like MID-4414 - Possible data inconsistency in midPoint Resolved ) we have changed the way how searchObjectsIterative method is implemented.

 There are four iteration methods (see IterationMethodType):

Iteration methodDescription
SINGLE_TRANSACTIONFetches objects in single DB transaction. Not supported for all DBMSs. For those that support it (e.g. PostgreSQL) it can lead to long-running transactions spanning hours or even days. Moreover, current transaction isolation settings cause the objects returned to have values that were stored in the database when the search was initiated.

Uses the "simple paging" method: takes objects (e.g.) numbered 0 to 49, then 50 to 99, then 100 to 149, and so on. The disadvantage is that if the order of objects is changed during operation (e.g. by inserting/deleting some of them) then some objects can be processed multiple times, where others can be skipped.

STRICTLY_SEQUENTIAL_PAGINGUses the "strictly sequential paging" method: sorting returned objects by OID. This is (almost) reliable in such a way that no object would be skipped. However, custom paging cannot be used in this mode, except for setting maxSize parameter.

This is a workaround for situations when STRICTLY_SEQUENTIAL_PAGING cannot be used because a client-supplied paging is present. All the objects are fetched as in regular searchObjects() call and then send to the client one-by-one. (This defeats the basic purpose of searchObjectsIterative but can be safely used for small numbers of objects.)

So this method is a safe fallback that is used when STRICTLY_SEQUENTIAL_PAGING is implicitly chosen but a custom paging exists, provided that the paging contains maxSize clause with a number not greater than a specified limit (maxObjectsForImplicitFetchAllIterationMethod). New in 3.9.

Before midPoint 3.9

Before 3.9, majority of iterations were done in this mode - unless configured otherwise (globally in config.xml or per individual searches):

DatabaseIteration mode

After midPoint 3.9

In 3.9 we changed the default settings so the iteration is done like this:

DatabaseIteration mode


Elimination of long-running transactions could lead to a better performance and freshness of data ( MID-4414 - Possible data inconsistency in midPoint Resolved ). However, STRICTLY_SEQUENTIAL_PAGING means that custom paging cannot be used, except for maxSize parameter. In stock midPoint, we typically don't use paging combined with searchObjectsIterative method. But if you have a custom code, e.g. in scripts, make sure you either replace searchObjectsIterative with searchObjects, eliminate the paging (except for maxSize), or change the default iteration method (see below).

If an iterative search encounters a combination of implicitly-set STRICTLY_SEQUENTIAL_PAGING and non-compatible custom paging, it:

  • If the custom paging has maxSize at most 500 (or the current value of maxObjectsForImplicitFetchAllIterationMethod system parameter), then switches iteration method to FETCH_ALL.
  • Otherwise it issues an warning message to the log and switches iteration method to SIMPLE_PAGING.

In particular, beware of bulk actions (midPoint scripting). Searching objects there uses searchObjectsIterative method.

Influencing the iteration method

For repository.searchObjectsIterative operation, selection of iteration method is done using the following parameters:

  1. If GetOperationOptions.iterationMethod is specified, it is used without any further considerations.
  2. Otherwise, the repository configuration determines whether to use SINGLE_TRANSACTION or SIMPLE_PAGING/STRICTLY_SEQUENTIAL_PAGING. (Up to midPoint 3.9 the default was to use transaction for PostgreSQL, Oracle and SQL Server and to use paging for MySQL/MariaDB and H2. Since 3.9, the default is to use paging for all databases.)
  3. In the latter case, the strictlySequential flag decides between SIMPLE_PAGING (if it's false) and STRICTLY_SEQUENTIAL_PAGING (if it's true). Up to midPoint 3.9, the value of this flag was mostly false. Since 3.9, it is true at all the places in midPoint code.

The strictlySequential flag is not present on model.searchObjectsIterative operation, however. If you call that operation (as you usually do), the only way how to choose the iteration method by the caller is to use GetOperationOptions.iterationMethod option.

As a special case, for abstract search iterative tasks, mext:iterationMethod extension property (mext is is used to provide the GetOperationOptions.iterationMethod value to the main searchObjectsIterative operation.

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