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From Robert Newson <>
Subject Re: Consistent version of a view across multiple queries?
Date Fri, 26 Feb 2010 18:03:05 GMT
You can query with stale=ok and the view won't change (as long as no
other call happens without stale=ok). You'll have to call without
stale=ok sometimes, though, so you'll still need to take care. Does
that help?


On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Jens Alfke <> wrote:
> If an app wants to iterate over a large view, it seems better to page the output by issuing
multiple queries, using the startkey= and limit= parameters. However, this seems to introduce
race conditions if another client is meanwhile altering the database. I might see half of
the documents before the change and half after. For example, I might see a document show up
twice with two different key values.
> Is there any way to avoid this inconsistency? In a SQL database I'd use a transaction
for this, to lock out any database updates in between my series of SELECTs. But CouchDB's
architecture doesn't support that.
> It seems like what I want is to specify some kind of clock (timestamp / revision #) in
my view queries, so they all run over the exact same view b-tree. This seems straightforward
at the level of the CouchDB file-format, since it's append-only and the previous view b-tree
still exists in the file. But is this exposed in the API at all?
> —Jens

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