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From Jean-Denis Greze <>
Subject Re: How to retrieve keys from Cassandra ?
Date Tue, 02 Feb 2010 18:51:21 GMT
Ok, so 0.6's permits
"someone using RandomPartitioner to pass start="" and finish="" to get all
of the rows in their cluster, although in an extremely inefficient way."

We are in a situation like Pierre's, where we need to know what's currently
in the DB so to speak -- except that we have a hundreds of millions of rows
(and increasing) and that maintaining an index of the keys in another CF, as
Brandon suggests, is becoming difficult (we also don't like the double write
on initial key inserts, in terms of transactionality especially).

Also, every once in a while, we need to enhance our data as part of some
functionality upgrade or refactoring.  So far, what we do is enhance on
reads (i.e., whenever we read a particular record, see if it's not up to the
latest version, and if so enhance), but there are many problems with this
approach. We've been considering doing background process enhancing by
running through all of the keys, which is why 745 is pretty exciting.  We'd
rather go through the inefficient operation once in a while as opposed to
doing a check on every read.

Anyway, partially to address the efficiency concern, I've been playing
around with the idea of having 745-like functionality on a per-node basis: a
call to get all of the keys on a particular node as opposed to the entire
cluster.  It just seems like with a very large cluster with billions, tens
of billions, or hundreds of billions of keys 745 would just get overwhelmed.
 Just a thought.

On Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 7:31 AM, Jonathan Ellis <> wrote:
> More or less (but see
>, in 0.6).
> Think of it this way: when you have a few billion keys, how useful is
> it to list them?
> -Jonathan
> 2010/2/2 S├ębastien Pierre <>:
> > Hi all,
> > I would like to know how to retrieve the list of available keys
> > for a specific column. There is the get_key_range method, but it is only
> > available when using the OrderPreservingPartitioner -- I use a
> > RandomPartitioner.
> > Does this mean that when using a RandomPartitioner, you cannot see which
> > keys are available in the database ?
> >  -- S├ębastien

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