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Does X-Newest apply to getting container lists and object lists? Also DLO?

asked 2014-04-02 18:15:00 -0500

Jimfr gravatar image

updated 2014-04-02 20:22:51 -0500 (bug DB) implies it's only for GET or HEAD on an object path, yet (Swift docs) imply it also applies for getting listings.

Also, when using X-Newest in GET on a Dynamic Large Object (DLO), does Swift use X-Newest semantics when it internally lists container contents to build the list of match object names it needs to concatenate contents for return?

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answered 2014-04-08 00:54:37 -0500

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X-Newest applies to account and container reads, as well as object reads. It does not translate to large object manifest listings, for either dynamic or static large objects.

I think the above answers your specific question, but here is some more general advice: although the X-Newest semantics are available in the client API, do not rely on it to provide a guarantee about the data stored in the Swift cluster. X-Newest doesn't turn Swift into a strongly consistent storage system. X-Newest semantics simply queries the (current) primary storage nodes and compares the response of each, choosing the latest one. It's still possible that, due to cluster resizing, hardware failure, or other issues, there may be more recent data in the system. Swift guarantees that this newer data will propagate to the rest of the cluster, but not that a request with an X-Newest header will have the latest info in the cluster. The only way to guarantee that is to query literally every drive in the cluster.

X-Newest is essentially a "try harder" version of a read request. It should not be used normally by clients. It is useful for middleware and, in rare cases, by end-users.

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Thanks, this helps. It would be great if this was in the official Swift API doc, I don't think that doc has thorough explanations of Swift consistency, or X-Newest.

Jimfr gravatar imageJimfr ( 2014-04-10 12:18:33 -0500 )edit

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