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From Louis Gerbarg <>
Subject Content-Encoding: gzip
Date Sat, 31 Jan 2009 06:02:37 GMT
I am using CouchDB as backend for some iPhone applications, and one of
the issues I have is that that the responses are verbose, which is an
issue over cellular. I decided to take a crack at gzip support, and I
have something working. A few of you might have seen my post about
this on the mochiweb list a few days ago, I think I have a solution
that will be more acceptable for mochiweb, so a significant chunk of
the code might not really be in CouchDB itself.

Having said that, I have posted a branch with the first cut on github.
It works for all GET requests. It also adds buffering to coalesce
small chunks together even when gzip is not being used. This is my
first erlang code, so it is definitely not not what I would consider
production quality.

In particular:

Some of the code is in the wrong place (like type negotiation)
It is not properly documented, since I have not read up on Erlang
documentation style
It could do better compression with a little more work (fully flushes
data and resets state when it could avoid that)

On the other hand, it appears to generally work and for my usage it
already is a pretty big win with no changes in our client app ;-) I
will be cleaning it up a bit, trying to make it acceptable to
mochiweb, perform better, etc. If anyone is interested you can grab
the current patchset from


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