Map function in erlang that takes entire bucket as input?

Christian Dahlqvist christian at
Thu Jan 10 10:40:16 EST 2013

Hi Shaan,

The riakc_pb_socket:mapred function can take several different types of input: a bucket name, a list of bucket/key pairs or a secondary index query specification. 

If you wanted to run the example in the tutorial based on all keys in the groceries bucket instead of having to specify the keys individually, you could set input to the bucket name <<"groceries">> as shown below:

{ok, [{1, [R]}]} = riakc_pb_socket:mapred(
                         [{map, {qfun, Count}, none, false},
                          {reduce, {qfun, Merge}, none, true}]).

The specification for what inputs you can specify is available in the riakc.hrl file ( and looks like this:

-type mapred_inputs() :: [{bucket(), key()} | {{bucket(), key()}, term()}] |
                         {modfun, Module::atom(), Function::atom(), [term()]} |
                         bucket() |
                         {index, bucket(), Index::binary(), key()} |
                         {index, bucket(), Index::binary(), StartKey::key(), EndKey::key()}.

Best regards,


On 10 Jan 2013, at 06:56, Shaan Sapra <shaanfire at> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm exploring the erlang-riak-client and trying to write MapReduce functions to mimic the ones I've written in Javascript and in the riak-ruby-client.
> Following the tutorial here, I have successfully run the query. I have now loaded a bucket with 10000 keys into Riak and now I want to write a simple map function that queries the bucket and returns all of the objects back to me.
> I noticed that the input is specified as {<<"groceries">>, <<"mine">>}. Is there is a way to specify just the bucket in its entirety? If I wanted to query my bucket, would I have to list all 10000 keys in a list?
> In the riak-ruby-client, it was possible to add the entire bucket. 
> Thanks for any help! I'm sure this is a silly question, but I've been hard pressed to find good documentation for a novice like me.
> Shaan
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