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cursor.noCursorTimeout()

cursor.noCursorTimeout()
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mongosh Method

This is a mongosh method. This is not the documentation for Node.js or other programming language specific driver methods.

In most cases, mongosh methods work the same way as the legacy mongo shell methods. However, some legacy methods are unavailable in mongosh.

For the legacy mongo shell documentation, refer to the documentation for the corresponding MongoDB Server release:

For MongoDB API drivers, refer to the language specific MongoDB driver documentation.

Instructs the server to avoid closing a cursor automatically after a period of inactivity.

The noCursorTimeout() method has the following prototype form:

db.collection.find(<query>).noCursorTimeout()

Starting in MongoDB 3.6, MongoDB drivers and mongosh associate all operations with a server session, with the exception of unacknowledged write operations. For operations not explicitly associated with a session (i.e. using Mongo.startSession()), MongoDB drivers and mongosh create an implicit session and associate it with the operation.

If a session is idle for longer than 30 minutes, the MongoDB server marks that session as expired and may close it at any time. When the MongoDB server closes the session, it also kills any in-progress operations and open cursors associated with the session. This includes cursors configured with noCursorTimeout() or a maxTimeMS() greater than 30 minutes.

Consider an application that issues a db.collection.find() with cursor.noCursorTimeout(). The server returns a cursor along with a batch of documents defined by the cursor.batchSize() of the find(). The session refreshes each time the application requests a new batch of documents from the server. However, if the application takes longer than 30 minutes to process the current batch of documents, the session is marked as expired and closed. When the server closes the session, it also kills the cursor despite the cursor being configured with noCursorTimeout(). When the application requests the next batch of documents, the server returns an error.

For operations that return a cursor, if the cursor may be idle for longer than 30 minutes, issue the operation within an explicit session using Mongo.startSession() and periodically refresh the session using the refreshSessions command. For example:

var session = db.getMongo().startSession()
var sessionId = session.getSessionId().id
var cursor = session.getDatabase("examples").getCollection("data").find().noCursorTimeout()
var refreshTimestamp = new Date() // take note of time at operation start
while (cursor.hasNext()) {
// Check if more than 5 minutes have passed since the last refresh
if ( (new Date()-refreshTimestamp)/1000 > 300 ) {
print("refreshing session")
db.adminCommand({"refreshSessions" : [sessionId]})
refreshTimestamp = new Date()
}
// process cursor normally
}

In the example operation, the db.collection.find() method is associated with an explicit session. The cursor is configured with cursor.noCursorTimeout() to prevent the server from closing the cursor if idle. The while loop includes a block that uses refreshSessions to refresh the session every 5 minutes. Since the session will never exceed the 30 minute idle timeout, the cursor can remain open indefinitely.

For MongoDB drivers, defer to the driver documentation for instructions and syntax for creating sessions.

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