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From "Paul Joseph Davis (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (COUCHDB-465) Produce sequential, but unique, document id's
Date Thu, 20 Aug 2009 08:52:14 GMT

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Paul Joseph Davis commented on COUCHDB-465:
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Antony,

The sequential algorithm uses a 13 byte random prefix coupled with a 3 byte random suffix.
Each new uuid is incremented by a small random number. When the three bytes overflows a new
random prefix is generated. Now the privacy concern is that two docs could've been created
by the same node but its not tied directly to a db file.

I'd definitely be +1 for having a UUID in the db header for other reasons though.

Paul

> Produce sequential, but unique, document id's
> ---------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: COUCHDB-465
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COUCHDB-465
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Robert Newson
>         Attachments: couch_uuids.patch, uuid_generator.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
benefits.

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