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From "Jonathan Ellis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CASSANDRA-4536) Ability for CQL3 to list partition keys
Date Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:58:38 GMT
Jonathan Ellis created CASSANDRA-4536:

             Summary: Ability for CQL3 to list partition keys
                 Key: CASSANDRA-4536
             Project: Cassandra
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: API
    Affects Versions: 1.1.0
            Reporter: Jonathan Ellis
            Assignee: Pavel Yaskevich
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 1.2

It can be useful to know the set of in-use partition keys (storage engine row keys).  One
example given to me was where application data was modeled as a few 10s of 1000s of wide rows,
where the app required presenting these rows to the user sorted based on information in the
partition key.  The partition count is small enough to do the sort client-side in memory,
which is what the app did with the Thrift API--a range slice with an empty columns list.

This was a problem when migrating to CQL3.  {{SELECT mykey FROM mytable}} includes all the
logical rows, which makes the resultset too large to make this a reasonable approach, even
with paging.

One way to add support would be to allow DISTINCT in the special case of {{SELECT DISTINCT
mykey FROM mytable}}.

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