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From Damien Katz <>
Subject Re: Please allow _prefix for auto-created _id
Date Sun, 08 Mar 2009 00:44:46 GMT

On Mar 7, 2009, at 7:35 PM, Antony Blakey wrote:

> On 08/03/2009, at 10:48 AM, Jan Lehnardt wrote:
>> (lmgtfy  
>> "safari sends post twice", seriously, this is tiring).
> Sorry, I tried a number of searches (e.g. "safari double post bug"),  
> and couldn't find that.
> Is it possible to get some reciprocal benefit of the doubt rather  
> than immediate hostility?
>>> Those lmgtfy links seem to be about the double post being  
>>> triggered by the browser client, as opposed to e.g. a ruby client.  
>>> I knew about that problem, but I've not seen a problem report due  
>>> to *middleware* e.g. proxy/cache ignoring the non-idempotency of  
>>> POST.
>> The point is that CouchDB can't know if requests come from a broken  
>> or compliant middleware system with new ones coming up all the time.
> But we're only talking about this problem in the context of XHR  
> right? And so the advice to not use POST without a UUID is specific  
> to XHR apps, rather than all use cases?

The problem is if there is a network error, a client has no way to if  
a POST commit was successful. The success or failure response can get  
lost, and the id of the document is completely unknown to the client.

But if the client knows the doc id beforehand, then it can later check  
the db (or reattempt the update) to see if the update was successful  
or lost. And wIth deterministic rev ids, the client could just do the  
update again and get a success response despite the update maybe  
already having being committed.


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