Have a look at how the SliceRange works  for both get_slice and KeyRange works for get_range_slices.

You can query for things that start with a sub string but specifying a start value and an empty end value or an end value that is the start value concatenated with the max ascii character. Then just make multiple calls, say getting 1000 cols/rows at a time.

You cannot do a "contains" type query, it's just byte/string matching. You'll need to think about how to store your data in a way that lets you get the same result. For example you could store the keys in the a Column Family for "all" and a CF for ones that have a sub part. Or your could store just "root@foo" as the key, then store columns for every child.

Not great examples but the general idea is to denormalise to support the queries.

Hope that helps
Aaron

On 26 Jul, 2010,at 01:05 AM, Miriam Allalouf <miriam.allalouf@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi,
I need to build a mode where I can retrieve an ordered list of objects
sharing the same prefix and contains a certain delimiter.

For example: Get all the object names that start with 'root' and
contain '/' in it,
given the names:
root@abc/ddd
roo@bbb/c
root@pppp

should return the first two names (root@abc/ddd roo@bbb/c)

I can build the model such that the a lot object name is a key or a column name.
Can we retrieve a key or a column name using such filter or other
regular expression-like filters?
Thanks and I will appreciate you help,
Miriam