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From "Christopher O'Connell" <>
Subject Re: Question about document copies & replication
Date Wed, 11 Nov 2009 04:42:04 GMT
It might make more sense to store a field indicating whether a document is
public or private, and then use some software to only replicate public docs.
Keeping multiple local copies just seems like a bad plan, and if you want to
support two way replications, it will almost certainly run into problems.
Indeed, you may want to replicate the whole user database as it is, and
simply expose the public documents via a view on the server: Something like

function(doc) {
    if(doc.Visibility == "Public")

Those who really know what they're talking about are welcome to slap me
around on this.

~ Christopher

On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 9:19 PM, David Nolen <> wrote:

> Ok,
> My mind is being blown by CouchDB :D
> So I've realized that having a few databases per user is a really great
> idea
> if you decide to scale by decentralizing your content (clients do the heavy
> lifting by running queries on their local couchdb instances - since you're
> replicating to the client you don't really care that a lot of data is
> getting copied around). Every user has their own view of the world, and the
> server CouchDB instance is really only for dealing with content shared
> between users.
> In our application (, I'm thinking something along
> these lines:
> Client's laptop CouchDB instance:
> user/private - all the documents a user has created plus replicated content
> from groups and whatnot
> user/public - all the user's public content
> user/inbox - short messages
> Server CouchDB instance:
> group/x - group dbs of shared content. Replicated downstream to individual
> user/private who belong to the group
> master - user/public dbs replicated upstream to here.
> So my question is this. When a user publishes a document, it is written to
> user/private. If the user publishes a document to the world, we make a copy
> of it in user/public - it's just the same data minus the _rev field.
> Whenever a user updates a public document, we update the user/private copy
> as well as the the user/public copy which will be replicated upstream to
> the
> server.
> So my question for the CouchDB gurus, will creating copies of documents in
> this manner create potential problems?
> Thanks much,
> David

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