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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 16:01:40 GMT


Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-3590:

well here i'm just trying to prevent BytesRef/IntsRef/CharsRef from being crazy classes where
its confusing what the methods do... oh wait, its too late.

I think the key issue is sometimes they are used like array/stringbuilder, but other times
they are used like bytebuffer?

I'm not going to push the issue so far to say we should remove BytesRef entirely and just
use ByteBuffer but i also don't think that should be totally out of the question?

For now, since we support being a ByteBuffer and also a ByteArrayBuilder, i want to first
just distinguish the deep copying from the shallow copying before trying to unbreak stuff.

> 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
> 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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