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From "Robert Muir (Commented) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-3590) minimize bytesref to be a ref to a byte[]
Date Thu, 24 Nov 2011 16:29:40 GMT


Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-3590:

All I know is this class is abused because there was/is a need for bits and pieces that ByteBuffers
don't fully address – you cannot change the underlying array (must rewrap) and you cannot
fiddle with hash code, for example. I like access to internals sometimes.

Right, the abuse exists... we have to accept this is just the case and deal with it appropriately,
step 1 being to make sure the 'abuse use case' and the 'ordinary use case' can be clearly
separated. But having a broken API that is sometimes shallow, sometimes deep, trying to support
both use cases in whichever way we feel is 'natural' is unacceptable.
> minimize bytesref to be a ref to a byte[]
> -----------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-3590
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 4.0
>            Reporter: Robert Muir
>            Priority: Blocker
>         Attachments: LUCENE-3590_copyCtor.patch
> Setting this as blocker for 4.0, as this class is used in every API there.
> Currently this API is a little of a everything, sometimes its like a stringbuffer, it
> does numeric conversions, all kinds of stuff.
> We need this to be a ref to a byte[], nothing else. This other stuff can go somewhere

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