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From "Michael McCandless (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-3738) Be consistent about negative vInt/vLong
Date Fri, 16 Mar 2012 15:33:38 GMT

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Michael McCandless commented on LUCENE-3738:
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Hmm... I think we should think about it more.

Ie, we apparently never write a negative vLong today... and I'm not sure we should start allowing
it...?
                
> Be consistent about negative vInt/vLong
> ---------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-3738
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-3738
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>             Fix For: 3.6, 4.0
>
>         Attachments: LUCENE-3738.patch, LUCENE-3738.patch
>
>
> Today, write/readVInt "allows" a negative int, in that it will encode and decode correctly,
just horribly inefficiently (5 bytes).
> However, read/writeVLong fails (trips an assert).
> I'd prefer that both vInt/vLong trip an assert if you ever try to write a negative number...
it's badly trappy today.  But, unfortunately, we sometimes rely on this... had we had this
assert in 'since the beginning' we could have avoided that.
> So, if we can't add that assert in today, I think we should at least fix readVLong to
handle negative longs... but then you quietly spend 9 bytes (even more trappy!).

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