On Feb 11, 2008, at 4:19 PM, Christian Theune wrote:
Context could be given as a reference date that is opaque to the client and can differ from storage to storage, a file pointer could serve this
purpose. The API still might include the `length` of the data returned
to minimize round-trips.



Actually, a file position doesn't work either, because the storage server can't know that much about what it is serving.

I suspect the only sane approach is to make the storage server maintain the iterator returned by the underlying storage on behalf of the client. This will cause resources to be allocated on the server that might only be freed when the client disconnects.

Jim

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Jim Fulton
Zope Corporation


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