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From "Robert Newson (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (COUCHDB-465) Produce sequential, but unique, document id's
Date Thu, 13 Aug 2009 16:06:14 GMT
Produce sequential, but unique, document id's

                 Key: COUCHDB-465
             Project: CouchDB
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Robert Newson
         Attachments: sequence_id.patch

Currently, if the client does not specify an id (POST'ing a single document or using _bulk_docs)
a random 16 byte value is created. This kind of key is particularly brutal on b+tree updates
and the append-only nature of couchdb files.

Attached is a patch to change this to a two-part identifier. The first part is a random 12
byte value and the remainder is a counter. The random prefix is rerandomized when the counter
reaches its maximum. The rollover in the patch is at 16 million but can obviously be changed.
The upshot is that the b+tree is updated in a better fashion, which should lead to performance

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