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From "Ralf Nieuwenhuijsen" <>
Subject Re: Create a view with only unique records
Date Mon, 14 Apr 2008 00:34:00 GMT
Well, that doesn't really apply. I am not looking for way to create unique
I'm looking for a way to get a view with only unique documents.

Imagine some portion of all the documents having the key 'adres'.
Then I want a list of unique adresses; a view with only the adres keys for
documents that have it, and then only unique entries.

It seems currently i can solve this problem in two ways:
 - creating a separate adres document that stores an array of all unique
addresses. But without any sane default merging behavior, this breaks at
 - creating a separate document for _each_ adres using put and the md5 of
the adres of doc-id. This seems like an enormous waste of space. Esspcially
since I will be doing this with almost every key in every document.

In the future this should be doable with the reduce/combinator behavior, i
expect.But even there, i think the suggested approach is too limiting. The
reducer is going to return one json object. I would rather have it emit
(key,value) and use default view operations on it for stuff like pagination.

Using the above example and assuming the reducer is implemented. How to get
the X most used addresses? the value of X needs to be hard-coded with the
suggested implemenation. Whereas using emit(key,value) in the reducer as
well, would allow for pagination.


2008/4/13, Chris Anderson <>:
> Ralf,
> If you use an algorithm to generate a deterministic _id for records
> before PUT-ing them to CouchDB, you can ensure that each unique record
> only appears once in the database. This discussion might be relevant
> for you:
> Chris
> On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 8:43 PM, Ralf Nieuwenhuijsen
> <> wrote:
> > Is it possible to create a view with only unique-records?
> >  I assume it would be possible using the future reduce/combinator
> behavor?
> >
> >  What time-frame is the reduce-behavior planned?
> >
> >  Greetings,
> >  Ralf
> >
> --
> Chris Anderson

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