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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: Peer to peer replication
Date Sat, 07 Mar 2009 10:07:34 GMT

On 7 Mar 2009, at 10:58, David Van Couvering wrote:

> Hi, all.  I've been chewing on the uses of CouchDB, and it seems it  
> could be
> very useful for peer-to-peer document sharing between *individuals*  
> - a
> community of collaborators on the web.
> For example, a community wants to collaborate on a set of documents,  
> but
> would rather not have to go through setting up some kind of web  
> site.  They
> just want to set up a folder that each member sees on their local  
> machine
> and then have this folder be shared amongst the community.
> CouchDB seems very close to being the perfect technology for this.   
> But I do
> have some questions... (and potentially more as I chew on this  
> further).

This is an intended use-case for CouchDB. :)

> - What protocol is used for replication across nodes?  I'm assuming  
> it's
> HTTP but just checking.  In a peer-to-peer system, this sounds like  
> it means
> that each participant has to open up their HTTP port for replication  
> to
> work.  Is that correct?


> - A community collaborating on a document would probably like to be  
> able to
> view older versions, view differences between versions, revert to  
> older
> versions, etc.  I couldn't immediately find if CouchDB can retain  
> older
> versions indefinitely, or if older versions get "cleaned up" over  
> time.  I
> suspect that the multi-version support in CouchDB isn't really  
> intended for
> that usage - it's more for lock-free writes.  I suspect that if I  
> wanted to
> have this kind of functionality I would have to layer those  
> semantics on top
> of CouchDB using one document for each revision and providing my own  
> diff
> functionality, etc.   Is that right?

To the point.

I'm currently working on a CouchApp wiki that sort of is supposed to do
all this and would show how to do versions in CouchDB without the
MVCC system. Nothing to see yet but I'll keep you posted.


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