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From "Jukka Zitting (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (JCR-2760) Use hash codes instead of sequence numbers for string indexes
Date Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:08:33 GMT
Use hash codes instead of sequence numbers for string indexes

                 Key: JCR-2760
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/JCR-2760
             Project: Jackrabbit Content Repository
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: jackrabbit-core
            Reporter: Jukka Zitting
            Priority: Minor

We use index numbers instead of namespace URIs or other strings in many places. The two-way
mapping between namespace URIs and index numbers is by default stored in the repository-global
ns_idx.properties file, and the index numbers are allocated using a linear sequence. The problem
with this approach is that two repositories will easily end up with different string index
mappings, which makes it practically impossible to make low-level copies of workspace content
across repositories.

The ultimate solution for this problem would be to store the namespace URIs closer to the
stored content, ideally as an implementation detail of a persistence manager.

An easier short-term solution would be to decrease the chances of two repositories having
different string index mappings. A simple (and backwards-compatible) way to do this is to
use the hash code of a namespace URI as the basis of allocating a new index number. Hash collisions
are fairly unlikely, and can be handled by incrementing the intial hash code until the collision
is avoided. In the common case of no collisions (with a uniform hash function the chance of
a collision is less than 1% even with tousands of registered namespaces) this solution allows
workspaces to be copied between repositories without worrying about the namespace index mappings.

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