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From "Daniel Gonzalez (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-1501) Add flag to the changes API to return only new changes
Date Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:03:43 GMT


Daniel Gonzalez commented on COUCHDB-1501:

Motivation: Benoit Chesneau told me to open a ticket for this. It really is not a big issue
for me, since GET /dbname solves my problems, and I am not very worried about having only
the *new* changes. I just want to avoid getting all changes since the beginning of time, to
avoid processing old information which does not interest me at this moment.

Anyway, commenting your reply: I think it is exactly the other way around. GET /dbname + GET
_changes (with "since") means two requests. So it means that the _changes request uses the
wrong "since" (the one obtained a couple of milliseconds ago).

So, to make sure I *really* get the only the new changes at the time of calling the _changes
API, there is no other way than adding a flag to the _changes API, telling it to take a look
at the last_seq and start serving the new changes.
> Add flag to the changes API to return only new changes
> ------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-1501
>                 URL:
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: JavaScript View Server
>    Affects Versions: 1.2
>            Reporter: Daniel Gonzalez
>            Priority: Minor
> As discussed in this thread:
> I copy paste part of the conversation.
> ---
> I am subscribing to the _changes API. My database is quite big, and each time I restart
my client, I get all old notifications. I only need the new notifications, since the moment
that I subscribe to the feed.
> I have seen that there is a "since" parameter, but this is not helping me further, because
I do not know what is the last document sequence number. So I would need one of the following:
> - a method to get the last sequence number to use as value for "since"
> - a flag to tell the _changes API to just give me the changed *from now on*. This would
be the most clean solution, since it saves me a request to get the since parameter (which
can be outdated anyway very fast). Is there something like this?
> ---
> I ended up going the GET /dbname route
> I guess there is no specific flag for the _changes API to request future changes...
> ---

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