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From Patrick Barnes <>
Subject Re: Seamless view rebuilding?
Date Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:43:27 GMT
What about a staging db?

If I had:
* Continuous replication from production->staging (for those piecemeal 
* Made major batch updates to the staging server
* Rebuilt the staging server views, then
* Replicated from staging->production

Would the production db's views take as long to rebuild as the single-db 
model, or does it have some mechanism to optimise it?

The couchdb server is also behind a proxy, so there might be some 
solution there?


On 26/08/2010 11:48 PM, Adam Kocoloski wrote:
> But he doesn't have a new view, just a very large batch of updates added to an existing
> On Aug 26, 2010, at 9:46 AM, Robert Newson wrote:
>> Create a new ddoc with your new view, query that view, waiting for it
>> to build, and then copy your new ddoc over your old one. View indexes
>> are named on disk after their digest specifically to allow this
>> offline building feature. :)
>> B.
>> On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 2:40 PM, Patrick Barnes<>  wrote:
>>> I have a database serving documents through a number of intermediary
>>> application servers, to the users' web browsers.
>>> There are two mechanisms by which documents are modified;
>>> a) Piecemeal updates as a result of user actions. (ie adding or updating a
>>> record)
>>> b) Bulk updates, typically from import scripts, that might modify tens of
>>> thousands of documents at once.
>>> The problem I'm having, is that when a set of bulk updates go through, it
>>> can take a long time to rebuild the view indexes. Meanwhile, several user's
>>> web requests will time out until rebuilding is complete.
>>> Stale=ok is a simple solution to the bulk problem, but the application
>>> servers will also expect to be able to update documents, and retrieve the
>>> changes immediately after.
>>> Is there a good way to avoid these large view update delays?
>>> -Patrick Barnes

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