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From "Emmanuel Lecharny (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (DIRSERVER-1477) Add an extended operation to re-index an attribute
Date Fri, 12 Mar 2010 13:42:27 GMT
Add an extended operation to re-index an attribute

                 Key: DIRSERVER-1477
             Project: Directory ApacheDS
          Issue Type: New Feature
            Reporter: Emmanuel Lecharny
             Fix For: 2.0.0-RC1

We need a way to re-index an attribute live. The best solution would be to add an extended
operation to do so.

The problem we will have with this approach is that we should deal with the ongoing operations
: search, add, delete, etc... while the index is being rebuilt.

One solution would be to :
- block any update during the index construction
- keep directing pending search operations on the previous table until the index is built
- new search will also be using the previous index until the index is built
- when the index is built, then we should redirect all the operation to the new index
- when we don't have anymore operations using the old index, then we can ditch it
- one special case is the persistent search operation. We should redirect it to use the new
index when it has been rebuilt
- last, not least, the new update operations (those which has been sent after the ExtendedOperation
has been received) should be hold in a queue until the index is built.

I don't think it should be a big deal to implement such a system, but we can restrain it to
newly added index (reindexing  should be just used when the index is broken, and it's more
or less an admin task).

Not sure either it makes sense to add an operation to remove an index, but why not.

We should also have a specific parameter if we want to modify the index cache size.

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