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From Shawn Heisey <>
Subject Re: Pagination bug? when sorting by a field (not unique field)
Date Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:58:23 GMT
On 3/29/2017 6:35 AM, Pablo Anzorena wrote:
> I was paginating the results of a query and noticed that some
> documents were repeated across pagination buckets of 100 rows. When I
> sort by the unique field there is no repeated document but when I sort
> by another field then repeated documents appear. I assume is a bug and
> it's not the intended behaviour, right? 

There is a potential situation that can cause this problem that is NOT a

If the field you are sorting on contains duplicate values (same value in
multiple documents), then I am pretty sure that the sort order of
documents with the same value in the sort field is non-deterministic in
these situations:

1) A distributed (sharded) index.
2) When the index contents can change between a request for one page and
a request for the next page -- documents being added, deleted, or changed.

Because the sort order of documents with the same value can change, one
document that may have ended up on the first page on the first query may
end up on the second page on the second query.

Sorting by a field with no duplicate values (the unique field you
mentioned) will always result in the exact same sort order ... but if
you add documents that sort to near the start of the sort order between
queries, the behavior you have noticed can still happen.

If this is what you are encountering, adding secondary sort on the
uniqueKey field would probably clear up the problem.  If your uniqueKey
field is "id", something like this:

sort=someField desc,id desc


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