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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: How to order search results by Field value?
Date Fri, 26 Mar 2004 01:07:54 GMT
Why not do the unique sequential number replacement at index time 
rather than query time?


On Mar 25, 2004, at 6:26 PM, Eric Jain wrote:

>>> I will need to have a look at the code, but I assume that in
>>> principal it should be possible to replace the strings with
>>> sequential integers once the sorting is done?
>> I don't understand the question.
> I need to: Sort by a field containing 1M distinct strings. While I 
> can't
> afford to waste much memory for the entire duration of the application,
> loading all strings into memory temporarily is possible. A solution may
> therefore be to load all strings into memory, sort them, and then
> replace them with sequentially numbered integers. The question is: 
> Could
> this approach work, or did I overlook anything?
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