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From "Paul Davis" <>
Subject Re: Is the xapian search ticket still valid?
Date Wed, 23 Jul 2008 16:02:14 GMT
Its DbUpdateNotificationProcess in the config file.

It echos json to stdin of whatever program you specify in the config.

The json format is something like:
{ 'dbname': 'status' }\n

I don't remember the number of blank lines following each json object
though. Its either 0, 1 or 2 I reckon. Using that it should be easy
enough to setup an external xapian (or other, take a look at
pyndexter) search engine.

On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 11:55 AM, Bradford Winfrey
<> wrote:
> Thanks Paul, I'll hold off on that then and just try updating it externally.  Is there
still that mechanism that will send to anything that listens to STDIN when a record is created/updated/delete/etc?
I can't recall the name of it, I assume it's the db update notification you spoke of.  Is
there a resource where I can see what the product of that is? For instance, does it produce
json or just key:value parameters?
> Brad
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Paul Davis <>
> To:
> Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 10:45:55 AM
> Subject: Re: Is the xapian search ticket still valid?
> I'm not certain if that patch will still apply cleanly to trunk. There
> was some trimming durring the 0.8 release and the unfinished _search
> api got axed. I don't know if this means that the whole mechanics for
> having external search processes got axed too.
> At the moment, a lot of us are waiting for the couchdb <-> external
> processes connection to stabilize before jumping on this.
> For the moment, using an external server with access to db update
> notifications might be your best bet unless someone else has hacked
> together a temporary fix.
> Paul
> On Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 11:35 AM, Bradford Winfrey
> <> wrote:
>> I saw this url -
>> and was wondering if it's still applicable to trunk as it stands now.  I need to
start implementing a search capability into my application and am trying to keep things "in
the couchdb family" for sanity's sake.
>> If anyone has any input, I'd love to hear it!

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