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From Emmanuel Lécharny <>
Subject Re: Getting Paged Result
Date Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:12:55 GMT
One more thing I forgot to mention :

there is a specification (well, it's a draft) for a control to support
what is called VLV (Virtual List View). This is supposed to provide the
features you are looking for. We don't have it implemented, for the
reason I explained in my previous mail.

Not that we will not implement it in the future, but I have no date for

Le 12/11/14 08:54, Emmanuel Lécharny a écrit :
> Le 12/11/14 06:54, Neha Rawat a écrit :
>> Thanks.
>> From what I understood, I can only specify pageSize but not offset.
>> What if I only want back results starting from 51th entry to 60th entry?
> You can't.
>> Do i have to first fetch results from 1st-49th entry and then from 51st to
>> 60th.
> yes.
> You have to understand how it works internally : when you do a search on
> a LDAP server, the result is not built before being returned. That would
> be too costly. A set of candidates is created, which is then filtered
> accordingly to the filter you have specified. In a way, there is no
> possibility to know how many entries you'll get as a result of a search.
> PagedSearch is a bit different, but not so much : it fetches N entries
> from the candidate list, and returns this set. Optionnally, it returns
> an estimation of the total number of entries that will get returned
> ("the size MAY be set to the server's estimate of the total number of
> entries in the entire result set" from
> What is important here is "MAY" : it's extremelly costly to compute this
> number accuratly on the server beforehand (don't get me wrong : when you
> do a search, we do process all the entries teh exact same way, but at
> least, we don't store the set of result in memory).
> At this point, to provide this size, we have two options :
> - either we process the full search to count the number of elements we
> will return, and don't keep any of the resulting entries, then we redo
> the search and return the entries the normal way (ie, one after the
> other) (that is CPU intensive but keep the memory low)
> - or we process the full search and stores the result in memory before
> sending it (and this time, we save CPU but uses a lot of memory)
> Both options are very demanding on either CPU (we do the search twice)
> or memory (we do the search on the server and gather all the results).
> Btw, if you think about what most people do when implementing a web page
> where a list of results is presented, with arrows to go back and forth,
> with the data in a RDBMS, they usually do a SELECT COUNT(*) first, to
> know the size of teh result set, and then do the so called "real
> search". In fact, there is nothing like a "real search" : SELECT
> COUNT(*) *DOES* process the exact same search, so at the end of the day,
> you are doing teh same search twice. Very inneficient, and makes th DBA
> yelling at you...
> Last not least, if you want to jump at a given position in the result
> set, there is no option : you will have to keep a set of result in
> memory on the server. Memory is a limited resource, and when you reach
> the end of it, very bad things happen to the server, while when you
> reach the 100% CPU, the server just becomes unresponsive for a while. We
> would always favor the second option, if faced to such a choice...
> Ah, btw, there is nothing like a back forward in the paged search request...
> Hope it helps...

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