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From Jan Lehnardt <>
Subject Re: Where do deleceted docs go
Date Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:25:50 GMT
Hi Mandel,

On 28 Oct 2009, at 08:20, wrote:

> My main question was actually related with that fact. I was  
> wondering if I
> could either relay on couchdb to keep track of deleted documents until
> compacted or on the other hand use a flag in my documents to decide  
> what
> if the should be shown or not in my client code.
> From my point of view (and needs) relaying in the fact that the  
> document
> will not be deleted until the db is compated is not a mayor tread  
> off but
> I believe that using a flag would be a more secure way. Relaying on
> couchdb would be making my code dependant of an implementation  
> detail of
> the db.

Do not rely on documents being around after you deleted them.


> Thanks a lot for your help.
>> I just discovered yesterday that there is a backdoor to let you view
>> the deleted document, but only if you know it's revision:
>> GET /dbname/id_of_deleted_doument?rev=1-90394320932
>> Perhaps this is a backdoor we just forgot to close.  On the other
>> hand, I think it would be nice to allow non-guaranteed "reverts" of
>> accidentally deleted documents.  99% of the time, an immediate revert
>> of a delete would work just fine.  I think I'd also be in favor of
>> making it possible to view the deleted document content without
>> knowing its revision beforehand; e.g. something like
>> GET /dbname/id_of_deleted_document?deleted=true
>> Best, Adam
>> On Oct 27, 2009, at 10:36 AM, Alex P wrote:
>>> deleted docs are present in the data file until a compaction occurs.
>>> that
>>> said, i don't know if there's a way to access one, but even if there
>>> were,
>>> it would be a non-deterministic operation. it's success would depend
>>> on
>>> whether a compact was performed.
>>> On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 5:24 AM, <> wrote:
>>>> Hello there,
>>>> I'm writting a piece of code in which i would like to be able to
>>>> retrieve
>>>> documents that have already been deleted by the user. I was
>>>> wondering if
>>>> that is possible or in the other hand the document is completely
>>>> deleted.
>>>> Thanks for any help,
>>>> Manuel

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