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From Damien Katz <>
Subject Re: remove negative counts
Date Thu, 25 Sep 2008 20:04:20 GMT
I'm fine with removing this functionality as it definitely makes the  
code more convoluted.

The reason I put it in was for easier backwards view paging, which is  
more complicated without it.


On Sep 25, 2008, at 2:48 PM, Chris Anderson wrote:

> Couch devs,
> I've just committed a patch to Futon that removes the use of count=n
> where n is less than 0. This is meant as a proof-of-concept that one
> can do all necessary pagination without relying on negative counts.
> The commit:
> Negative counts have two problems:
> A) They don't stream to the client - essentially a negative count
> request is just like a positive count request with descending=true,
> only it is buffered in the server, and reversed before being sent over
> HTTP. This means that negative count requests (for large n) require
> much more memory than positive count requests.
> B) They require an alternate code path, which means more to keep track
> of both in terms of code that needs to be written to integrate new
> features, as well as test that need to be written (because testing
> features with positive count doesn't guarantee that the feature will
> work with negative count.)
> Maybe there are other reasons to keep negative counts around, but I
> can't think of any. I'd like to hear your thoughts before I start work
> to remove the negative count stuff from CouchDB's Erlang as well.
> Chris
> -- 
> Chris Anderson

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