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From Damien Katz <dam...@apache.org>
Subject Re: slash escaping (was 0.9.0 Release)
Date Fri, 12 Dec 2008 21:10:10 GMT

On Dec 12, 2008, at 3:41 PM, Antony Blakey wrote:

>
> On 12/12/2008, at 10:56 PM, Jan Lehnardt wrote:
>
>>
>> On 11 Dec 2008, at 20:56, Chris Anderson wrote:
>>
>>> On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM, Damien Katz <damien@apache.org>  
>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> If the design doc has weird characters that aren't supported in  
>>>> the file
>>>> system, we can't make the index file. If we hash the filename,  
>>>> then it's
>>>> impossible for an admin to figure out which files are which from  
>>>> the command
>>>> line. So maybe we should url escape the name for the file system  
>>>> too. Or
>>>> just not support weird characters at all.
>>>>
>>>
>>> It seems safest to use the db-name constraints on the design doc  
>>> name.
>>> That should be simple to implement.
>
> Noooooo ....
>
> The DB name restriction disallows even European characters, let  
> alone other scripts. What kind of thinking says that is acceptable?  
> On OSX (and Windows and Linux IIUC), filenames are Unicode. So a  
> user can be fully localized except when they use CouchDB.
>
> Why introduce such a totally unnecessary constraint when BOTH the db- 
> name and the design doc name could be made arbitrary, with just the  
> addition of a very simple function in the implementation as I have  
> described.
>
> A decision like this is the opposite of aiming for excellence. And  
> given that it's easy to fix, you are making an explicit decision to  
> constrain the system for no good reason.

The decision to limit names db and design doc names is a pragmatic  
one, it simplifies things greatly. CouchDB is full of things that  
could be better. Patches welcome.

-Damien

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