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From Mikeal Rogers <>
Subject Re: delayed_commits false
Date Tue, 06 Jul 2010 22:52:12 GMT
I think there is a balance that we can find here between user experience and

I think the biggest question for me is, who is the primary target of the
tarball download?

If it's developers, I think we should leave it on.

If it's people who are going to put it up, vanilla, in to production, we
should turn them off.

I know that I would certainly advocate keeping them off in the CouchDBX


On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 3:46 PM, Volker Mische <>wrote:

> On 07.07.2010 00:06, Damien Katz wrote:
>> On Jul 5, 2010, at 8:49 AM, Volker Mische wrote:
>>  Hi All,
>>> delayed_commits were enabled to have better performance especially for
>>> single writers. The price you pay for is that you potentially lose up to one
>>> second of writes in case of a crash.
>>> Such a setting makes sense, though in my opinion it shouldn't be enabled
>>> by default. I expect* that people running into performance issues at least
>>> take a look at the README or a FAQ section somewhere. There the
>>> delayed_commit setting could be pointed out.
>>> I'd like to be able to say that on a vanilla CouchDB it's hard to lose
>>> data, but I can't atm. I'm also well aware that there will be plenty of
>>> performance tests when 1.0 is released and people will complain (if
>>> delayed_commits would be set to false by default) that it is horrible slow.
>>> Though safety of the data is more important for me.
>>> If the only reason why delayed_commits is true by default are the
>>> performance tests of some noobs, I really don't think it's a price worth
>>> paying.
>>> *I know that in reality people don't
>>> I would like to see delayed_commits=false for 1.0
>> Last year we turned off delayed commits by default. We got lots of
>> complaints, the performance impact was too great. So we switched it back. We
>> aren't the first storage engine to go around on this. For example, Apple's
>> core data switched to using full fsyncs for each write in 10.4, but then
>> switched it back for 10.5:
>> "Important: The default behaviors in Mac OS X v10.4 an 10.5 are different.
>> In Mac OS X v10.4, SQLite uses FULL_FSYNC by default; in Mac OS X v10.5 it
>> does not."
>> Anyway, we can improve the documentation warning's, etc, but we should
>> stay with the current defaults.
>> -Damien
> As 1.0 is approaching fast, I think this discussion is pretty important.
> Especially this thread showed that there are people that prefer setting
> delayed_commits to false. Although sometimes someone has to make the last
> call, and there is probably no one better than the creator of the project, I
> think it this case the decision should be made by more people.
> For *me personally* the authority of Apache CouchDB are the committers. I
> would love to see them vote on this topic (being it public or private
> doesn't matter).
> Cheers,
>  Volker

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