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Re: [Bug 11351] New: [IndexedDB] Should we have a maximum key size (or something like that)?

From: Jeremy Orlow <jorlow@chromium.org>
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 23:41:33 -0800
Message-ID: <AANLkTikxjYDZW-i5p2o1qAdw9XquYj=WVHAMPTznsVoH@mail.gmail.com>
To: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Cc: Shawn Wilsher <sdwilsh@mozilla.com>, Pablo Castro <Pablo.Castro@microsoft.com>, "public-webapps@w3.org" <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM, Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 2:31 PM, Jeremy Orlow <jorlow@chromium.org> wrote:
> > On Sun, Feb 6, 2011 at 2:03 PM, Shawn Wilsher <sdwilsh@mozilla.com>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> On 2/6/2011 12:42 PM, Jeremy Orlow wrote:
> >>>
> >>> My current thinking is that we should have some relatively large
> >>> limit....maybe on the order of 64k?  It seems like it'd be very
> difficult
> >>> to
> >>> hit such a limit with any sort of legitimate use case, and the chances
> of
> >>> some subtle data-dependent error would be much less.  But a 1GB key is
> >>> just
> >>> not going to work well in any implementation (if it doesn't simply oom
> >>> the
> >>> process!).  So despite what I said earlier, I guess I think we should
> >>> have
> >>> some limit...but keep it an order of magnitude or two larger than what
> we
> >>> expect any legitimate usage to hit just to keep the system as flexible
> as
> >>> possible.
> >>>
> >>> Does that sound reasonable to people?
> >>
> >> Are we thinking about making this a MUST requirement, or a SHOULD?  I'm
> >> hesitant to spec an exact size as a MUST given how technology has a way
> of
> >> changing in unexpected ways that makes old constraints obsolete.  But
> then,
> >> I may just be overly concerned about this too.
> >
> > If we put a limit, it'd be a MUST for sure.  Otherwise people would
> develop
> > against one of the implementations that don't place a limit and then
> their
> > app would break on the others.
> > The reason that I suggested 64K is that it seems outrageously big for the
> > data types that we're looking at.  But it's too small to do much with
> base64
> > encoding binary blobs into it or anything else like that that I could see
> > becoming rather large.  So it seems like a limit that'd avoid major
> abuses
> > (where someone is probably approaching the problem wrong) but would not
> come
> > close to limiting any practical use I can imagine.
> > With our architecture in Chrome, we will probably need to have some
> limit.
> >  We haven't decided what that is yet, but since I remember others saying
> > similar things when we talked about this at TPAC, it seems like it might
> be
> > best to standardize it--even though it does feel a bit dirty.
>
> One problem with putting a limit is that it basically forces
> implementations to use a specific encoding, or pay a hefty price. For
> example if we choose a 64K limit, is that of UTF8 data or of UTF16
> data? If it is of UTF8 data, and the implementation uses something
> else to store the date, you risk having to convert the data just to
> measure the size. Possibly this would be different if we measured size
> using UTF16 as javascript more or less enforces that the source string
> is UTF16 which means that you can measure utf16 size on the cheap,
> even if the stored data uses a different format.
>

That's a very good point.  What's your suggestion then?  Spec unlimited
storage and have non-normative text saying that most implementations will
likely have some limit?  Maybe we can at least spec a minimum limit in terms
of a particular character encoding?  (Implementations could translate this
into the worst case size for their own native encoding and then ensure their
limit is higher.)

J
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