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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: Documents with many attachments
Date Fri, 04 Dec 2009 03:57:14 GMT
On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 10:43 PM, Chris Anderson <> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 5:48 PM, Dave Ray <> wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> Is there any reason in terms of performance, stability, or good taste,
>> that I should avoid adding 100s or 1000s of attachments to a document?
>> I have about 3000 pngs on a document and things seem to work fine
>> (aside from Futon being a little unusable when I view the doc), but if
>> this is going to cause me trouble later I can split it up into
>> multiple docs with single attachments without much more work. Just
>> wondering.
> At a certain point, you could have too many, and that would start to
> suck. Since they are all in one doc the metadata for the attachments
> has to fit in memory.
> Probably the best metric you can have is the size of the JSON stubs
> you're schlepping around on the doc. With 100k attachments the JSON
> doc would be too big to deal with. Maybe you can handle all the JSON
> for 10k attachments -- a doc with one thousand attachments is not that
> many kb of JSON.

There's also one of the replication directions. I don't remember
which, but one of them doesn't like having lots or large attachments.
This might be changing as we got to a multipart mime format, but for
0.10.x or before the issue exists.

Paul Davis

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