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From "Robert Muir (Commented) (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-3738) Be consistent about negative vInt/vLong
Date Fri, 16 Mar 2012 18:43:38 GMT

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Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-3738:
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{quote}
Otherwise you can even produce endless loops at some places. - Of course not when you have
tight loops, but things like checking that the document count is in line with e.g. some other
value from liveDocs is essential.
{quote}

I agree there a ton of places (essentially all metadata) where we should be using real checks
(not asserts).

I see Mike's point though: readVLong() is very general, so someone could be using it where
performance is important.
It just so happens its mostly only used today for metadata type things (except maybe terms
dictionary stats and a few other places).

                
> 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, 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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