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From Jonathan ellis <>
Subject Re: handling deletes
Date Tue, 31 Mar 2009 12:10:36 GMT
When you delete a column associated with a key, that is what you need  
to replace it with a tombstone.

Bigtable actually has it easier in this case since it is consistent at  
the tablet level.  And the dynamo paper does not mention deletes that  
I remember.


On Mar 30, 2009, at 11:32 PM, Jeremy Dunck <> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 6:53 PM, Jonathan Ellis <>  
> wrote:
> ...
>> that's a really huge if, since (a) you'd add a whole new layer of
>> complexity, and (b) it's not going to magically take any less space
>> outside than inside.
> Ah, hmm.  I was thinking that tombstones were for keys, not for
> SSTables?  I'll go read the papers and code some more.  Sorry.  :-/

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