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From "Billie Rinaldi (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (ACCUMULO-759) remove priority setting for scan-time iterators
Date Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:03:08 GMT

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Billie Rinaldi commented on ACCUMULO-759:
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IteratorSetting is also used to configure non-scan-time iterators.  It seems like the change
would make the table operations methods worse in favor of making the scanner methods only
slightly better (and less functional).  This seems like a documentation problem, not an API
problem.

What if we left the current functionality the way it is, and added a new method for scan iterator
configuration that would ignore the priority, e.g. addScanIterator(IteratorSetting si, boolean
ignorePriority)?
                
> remove priority setting for scan-time iterators
> -----------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: ACCUMULO-759
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ACCUMULO-759
>             Project: Accumulo
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Adam Fuchs
>              Labels: newbie
>
> Iterators have a priority setting that allows a user to order iterators arbitrarily.
However that priority is an integer that doesn't directly convey the iterator's relationship
to other iterators. I would postulate that nobody has ever needed to sneak in a scan-time
iterator underneath a configured table iterator (please let me know if I'm wrong about this),
and the effect of doing so is not easy to calculate. Many people have chosen a bad iterator
priority and seen commutativity problems with previously configured iterators.
> I propose that we use more of an agglomerative approach to configuring scan-time iterators,
in which the order of the iterator tree is the same order in which the addScanIterator method
is called, and all scan-time iterators apply after the configured iterators apply. The change
to the API should just be to remove the priority number, and the existing IteratorSetting
constructor and accessors should be deprecated.
> With this change, we can think of an iterator as more of a functional modification to
a data set, as in T' = f(T) or T'' = g(f(T)). This should make it easier for developers to
use iterators correctly.

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