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Subject [Couchdb Wiki] Update of "HTTP database API" by JanLehnardt
Date Tue, 20 Jan 2009 16:37:47 GMT
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The following page has been changed by JanLehnardt:

The comment on the change is:
document slash-in-database-name trick.

  ''Rationale for character restrictions''
  The limited set of characters for database names is driven by the need to satisfy the lowest
common denominator for file system naming conventions. For example, disallowing uppercase
characters makes compliance with case insensitive file systems straightforward.
+ All database files are stored in a single directory on the file system. If your database
includes a ''/'' CouchDB will create a sub-directory structure in the database directory.
That is, a database named ''his/her'', the database file will be available at ''$dbdir/his/her.couch''.
This is useful when you a large number of databases and your file system does not like that.
  == List Databases ==

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