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From Eric Evans <>
Subject Re: column family names
Date Mon, 30 Aug 2010 14:39:38 GMT
On Mon, 2010-08-30 at 18:01 +0900, Terje Marthinussen wrote:
> Now that we can make columns families on the fly, it gets interesting
> to use
> column families more as part of the data model (can reduce diskspace
> quite a
> bit vs. super columns in some cases).
> However, currently, the column family name validator is pretty strict
> allowing only word characters and in some cases it is pretty darned
> nice to
> be able to put something like a "-" inbetweenallthewords.
> Any reason to be this strict or could it be loosened up a little bit?

Anything's possible, but hyphens ("-") are particularly problematic
since we encode meta-data in the filename, separated by hyphens (i.e. we
rely on splitting the filename on "-").

Eric Evans

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