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From Adam Kocoloski <>
Subject Re: proposed replication rev history changes
Date Mon, 09 Feb 2009 16:20:18 GMT
On Feb 9, 2009, at 10:07 AM, Damien Katz wrote:

> On Feb 9, 2009, at 12:54 AM, Adam Kocoloski wrote:
>> On Feb 9, 2009, at 12:40 AM, Damien Katz wrote:
>>>> Or Couch could switch to a 64 bit space for the revision IDs ;-)
>>> There is nothing preventing larger revs (or even non-integer revs)  
>>> as it's just stored as a string (real efficient I know). The size  
>>> could easily be a server or database setting.
>>> -Damien
>> Hah, I noticed that but wasn't going to bring it up now.  If the  
>> file format is going to change I'd vote for being more efficient  
>> about the space usage.  No sense in throwing away 60% of the bytes  
>> each time a revision is stored on disk.  Best,
> Sure, but it's not necessary to change the file format just because  
> we save it in a more compact format. We are saving Erlang terms  
> which also contain type information, so all you need some extra  
> logic when reading from disk to convert values to a canonical format.

Good point.  A binary is a binary is a binary.

> So while there is no need to optimize it now, there is also no good  
> reason to not do it either. So feel free to work on it, it should  
> make the internal indexes smaller and faster.

Ok, I'll be sure to test this change out when I have some free time.   


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