If I'm reading the nsBayesianFilter code right, it looks like it requires 50 changes to the training data during a session, or else it won't ever update training.dat while the program is running. (cf bug 283372 comment 2) Theoretically training.dat should be updated on exit, but that doesn't seem to work reliably (bug 283372 comment 0). I doubt anyone in normal everyday use marks 50 spam/ham during a single session. This means that, in practice, training data is never flushed during the session. Also, if for some reason the flush on exit keeps failing, no training data is ever saved. My suggestion is to change -#define DEFAULT_WRITE_TRAINING_DATA_MESSAGES_THRESHOLD 50 +#define DEFAULT_WRITE_TRAINING_DATA_MESSAGES_THRESHOLD 1 or, preferably, just go bool again on mNumDirtyingMessages. Eyal, afaict you you wrote the timed flushing code in bug 245499; does this suggestion make sense?
It seems to me like you're mixing two different issues. One issue is the problem with flushing on exit due to the inavailabity of the profile directory name. That has been / is being addressed AFAIK; it would not be reasonable to make flush policy changes based on this issue. Once the patch has been checked in, flushing on exit is quite reliable. As for the number of classified messages, IIRC the filter also includes in the training set messages classified automatically rather than manually, which means 50 shouldn't be that much. Which is probably why David (Bienvenu) didn't complain. But on second though, I'm not too sure about this point. My idea was simply to prevent a flush after each 'batch' of messages. If nobody (specifically, David Bienvenu and Scott McGregor) thinks there's a need for having a threshold higher than one, than the pref should indeed be removed entirely and instead of an integral number of dirtying messages we would go back to having a flag (but only flush every 15 minutes at most frequent). I would have no objection to this.
I'm not mixing the two issues -- that's why I spun this off bug 283372. If we want to put all our eggs in the flush-on-exit basket, why does the code for flush-while-running exist in the first place? If the junk filter did have autolearning, balancing autolearning with user-applied training would probably be a major issue. Seeing as I've noticed no discussion on that, I assume there is no autolearning taking place :) Regardless of that, learning takes place only due to events that cause immediate disk writes anyway, be it new mail arrival for autolearn or the user marking messages manually causing status flag updates. Flushing the training data once many minutes later for a bunch of such events, even one, just can't be considered too expensive to do. (summoning people from comment 1 for comment)
But appending a message to an existing mailbox file is not the same as rewriting the training data which is AFAIK what happens on a flush. Plus, the less unnecessary disk writes the better.
right, right... I'm not arguing for more disk writes for the sake of disk writes :) just that, barring reliable flush-on-exit, this is afaik the only user data we essentially elect to never save in practice, and that seems wrong.
Created attachment 175681 [details] [diff] [review] go bool *cough* sorry about getting argumentative above, that happens when a bug dares intrude on /my/ routines, heh bottom line, neither trigger for flushing training data is happening: 1) even after bug 283080, flush on exit can apparently be fudged into failing without spectacular user effort, I can try to retrace the steps to that in bug 283372 once real life stops interfering 2) flush while running doesn't happen because it requires too many changes to training data before flushing This takes care of (2) by considering one change to training data enough to warrant flushing. Doing flushing no less than 15 minutes apart is perhaps a longish interval, but I'm not changing that in this patch.
(In reply to comment #2) > I'm not mixing the two issues -- that's why I spun this off bug 283372. If we > want to put all our eggs in the flush-on-exit basket, why does the code for > flush-while-running exist in the first place? > > If the junk filter did have autolearning, balancing autolearning with > user-applied training would probably be a major issue. Seeing as I've noticed no > discussion on that, I assume there is no autolearning taking place :) > > Regardless of that, learning takes place only due to events that cause immediate > disk writes anyway, be it new mail arrival for autolearn or the user marking > messages manually causing status flag updates. Flushing the training data once > many minutes later for a bunch of such events, even one, just can't be > considered too expensive to do. > > (summoning people from comment 1 for comment) There is a possibility of auto learning, it is possible to set up a standard filter to mark as junk. Over half of my junk is currently caught, marked as junk and deleted with several filters. (I know I don't get mail from .TV & .CZ domains etc.) These filters are autotraining my Bayesian spam filter. (when it works) As for only processing a couple spam at a time, if I go one day with out getting my email, I get 150 spam. For a weekend (Fri-Mon) I may have in excess of 500 spam, 250+ which get marked as junk by filters while downloading on Monday. FWIW Limiting writes is important to me as I run my TB off of a USB drive. Jestre
Should the timed flushing code just go away, instead, now that flush on exit works (bug 283372)? It's only doing work in extreme cases such as e.g. the mass-manualfilter-training of comment 6, and is adding code obfuscation to debugging possible future training flush problems. The patch to make it work more predictably could at times cause large writes in response to events that as such only caused small writes (comment 3).
(In reply to comment #7) I don't agree. See also bug 245499 in which this code was introduced. The point is that the previous state of affairs was that after every 'batch' of messages, i.e. after filtering the messages on a 'get new messages', or some set of messages you've selected and marked manually - even one - the training data is rewritten. This is overkill - if you get new messages and then you look at at some of them, and click, say, to mark one as junk, a second, and then a third - you get a total of 4 writes within the span of a minute. Instead, it is more reasonable to space out the writes so that in such cases only one write will happen - about . Right now the default min time interval is 1 second (the number of dirtying messages was the limiting factor earlier), I think raising it to 60 seconds or 120 seconds would be a better idea.
Comment on attachment 175681 [details] [diff] [review] go bool I'm inclined to listen to Eyal who had some comments that seemed to disagree with this patch if I understood the conversation correctly.
Comment on attachment 175681 [details] [diff] [review] go bool I think Eyal had some concerns about this patch in comment 8. I'll let him review (which could mean minusing) this patch as we work with Tuukka to figure out the right thing to do.
Comment on attachment 175681 [details] [diff] [review] go bool My concerns were not with the patch, but rather with the idea of making timed flushing go away (which the patch does not do). Removing the number-of-learned-messages threshold is fine by me as long as the minimum delay stays.
Comment on attachment 175681 [details] [diff] [review] go bool This patch looks good to me. I'll let David jump in if he disagrees. Let me know if you need someone to check this in.
> Let me know if you need someone to check this in. please do, thanks
mozilla/mailnews/extensions/bayesian-spam-filter/src/nsBayesianFilter.h 1.18 mozilla/mailnews/extensions/bayesian-spam-filter/src/nsBayesianFilter.cpp 1.55
Any chance this can get fixed on the branch for 2.0? Junk mail is having real issues there.
not a blocker, but thanks for nominating. I'll look at approving the patch for the branch.
(In reply to comment #16) > not a blocker, but thanks for nominating. I'll look at approving the patch for > the branch. > This would be great. Junk blocking still not right on nightly branch builds.
two questions: 1. v2 still doesn't have this, right? (based on my reading of the checkins) 2. is this a big enough win that a v2 patch should be done? (key points comment 8 and comment 11?) The patch seems like it would be low risk.
Comment on attachment 175681 [details] [diff] [review] go bool see comment 18
Comment on attachment 175681 [details] [diff] [review] go bool next TB is 220.127.116.11
Comment on attachment 175681 [details] [diff] [review] go bool approved for 18.104.22.168, a=dveditz for release-drivers Who's going to land this?
QA: To test, mark a message as spam and see if the training.dat file gets updated.
mailnews/extensions/bayesian-spam-filter/src/nsBayesianFilter.cpp 22.214.171.124 mailnews/extensions/bayesian-spam-filter/src/nsBayesianFilter.h 126.96.36.199
If I'm reading the checkins correctly this went into branch with previous checkin. Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:188.8.131.52pre) Gecko/20080115 Thunderbird/184.108.40.206pre ID:2008011503 After send mail, on shutdown: VC++ runtime library R6025 -pure virtual function call Not sure exactly when this started, as I haven't been updating my branch build daily. Can't be more than a few days though. If mail not sent shutdown is normal.
Joe, can you please file a new bug for that issue? When you do, please make it blocking this bug (for now) and request blocking220.127.116.11. I kind of think it's unlikely that your issue was caused by this patch, but let's triage it in another bug.
filed bug 412708
Verified on: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X; en-US; rv:18.104.22.168pre) Gecko/2008012903 Thunderbird/22.214.171.124pre Marked a message as Junk (per comment #22) and shutdown Tbird. At that point the training.dat file was updated. If no messages are flagged as Junk, the file does not change on exit. Added the "verified126.96.36.199" keyword.