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From Antony Blakey <>
Subject Re: Why sequential document ids? [was: Re: What's the speed(performance) of couchdb?]
Date Mon, 02 Mar 2009 21:41:32 GMT

On 03/03/2009, at 5:20 AM, Chris Anderson wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 5:42 AM, Antony Blakey < 
> > wrote:
>> What security issues are you thinking of?
> The one where you can tell by looking at a doc, which node it was
> inserted on. I suppose that's not strictly security - more like
> anonymity.

If you want to a feature such as replication tracking i.e. who have I  
replicated from, and how up-to-date am I, the ability to track the  
replication source chould would be a good thing. It would allow a  
computed version-vector form of staleness-tracking.

More would be required than just having a source identifier, because  
you would need to map that identifier to a domain useful to the user,  
but it would be a start.

I wonder if anonymity, even transitive anonymity, is that useful?

Antony Blakey
CTO, Linkuistics Pty Ltd
Ph: 0438 840 787

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   -- Jiddu Krishnamurti

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