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From "Paul Bonser" <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Views: Multiple keys
Date Wed, 23 Jul 2008 13:29:31 GMT
On 7/23/08, Matt Goodall <> wrote:
> Hi,
>  I think this functionality would be hugely beneficial in CouchDB but
>  POST'ing to a view seems so very, very wrong to me.

I originally suggested doing it as a key_list GET parameter, but
decided against it after a comment from Damien "The only thing is I
don't think a GET with all the keys are URL args is the way to go as
it can get really long and cause problems with proxies and HTTP libs,
a POST with the lookup keys as the body is probably better."

>  How about using a GET on the view but support multiple 'key' args, one
>  for each of the view rows to return, e.g.
>     GET /somedb/_views/somedoc/someview?key=1&key=2&key=3

The problem with doing it that way is that some people will want to
give a list of hundreds or thousands of keys, and and that point the
query would be too long and start breaking in all sorts of different

>  The 'key' arg(s) already seem to take precedence over startkey,
>  endkey, etc and the view always returns a 'rows' list so it /should/
>  be a matter of iterating the JSON values sent as 'key' instead of
>  parsing the JSON structure sent as POST content.

The implementation using GET would be just about as simple as the one
I sent, though some changes to parse_view_query and the
view_query_args structure would be necessary.

>  I guess there's the possibility of hitting max URL length problems on
>  some browsers/servers but that can be worked around by requesting the
>  view in batches of keys.

Once again, if we did that, we'd be right back to the problem of doing
multiple requests, which is exactly what this new functionality is
trying to avoid.

Paul Bonser

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