From: F J Franklin (F.J.Franklin@sheffield.ac.uk)
Date: Tue May 20 2003 - 11:07:08 EDT
On Tue, 20 May 2003, Omer Zak wrote:
> In the various Unix variants, a similar problem exists when creating a new
> process and needing to assign it an unique ID (PID).
> It may be a good idea to review PID generation algorithms used in Linux.
The real problem is not the generation of unique IDs, which is simple
enough to do, but rather the merging of document fragments each of which
has its own set of IDs and ID references. When merging documents, the
safest method (though probably very difficult as long as we use linear
import) is to replace all IDs with new document-unique IDs and to map all
ID references to the appropriate new IDs.
Francis James Franklin
After we were introduced I noticed that both of them were carrying
three-foot-long machetes. I hate hiking with convicts carrying machetes.
- Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief
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