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From Brian Candler <>
Subject Re: startkey_docid
Date Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:34:51 GMT
On Wed, Aug 26, 2009 at 11:55:24AM +0200, Daniel Trümper wrote:
> the view reference in the wiki tells me that there is an option  
> "startket_docid". Unfortunately there is not that much documentation  
> about this specific option.

Internally, couchdb uses [key, docid] as the keys in the btree. So if you
have three docs which all do emit("X", null); then they come out as


i.e. the docs are ordered first by key and then by their docids as a
secondary key.

When you do startkey="X" you are basically searching from ["X",null]

When you do startkey="X"&startkey_docid=docid2 then you are searching
from ["X","docid2"]

This pairing of keys and docids is for the most part hidden, but it reveals
itself in reduce functions:

  function(keys, vals, rereduce) {

I believe you'll find that the 'keys' argument is actually

  [[key,docid], [key,docid], ...]

(except for rereduce when it's null)



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