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From Dmitry Serebrennikov <>
Subject Re: FW: Lucene 1.2 and directory write permissions?
Date Fri, 05 Oct 2001 19:23:44 GMT
Just a though - as long as we are separating the locks, we should 
probably make the location configurable and not require it to be a 
subdirectory of the indexes. This will help in case the indexes come 
burned on a CD-ROM or if the operating system does not support easy 
linking / permission magic.

Doug Cutting wrote:

>Here's one vote for putting locks in a separate directory.  Anyone dislike
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Snyder, David []
>Sent: Friday, October 05, 2001 11:23 AM
>To: Doug Cutting
>Subject: RE: Lucene 1.2 and directory write permissions?
>The lock file synchronization is very handy for us as we do updates in a
>separate process from searches...  I was very pleased to see this in there!
>I think splitting out the locks into a separate directory would solve our
>problem...  we have a reference set of data that we use for testing and our
>sysadmin wants to make sure it doesn't accidentally get overwritten.  It's
>still possible (using links and other permission magic) but becomes more of
>a maintenance headache.  I definitely vote for the locks subdirectory idea.
>It can be created when the indexes are initially loaded, we can go change
>the permissions or maybe make it a link to a tmp directory or something, and
>then our regular index files can be safe.  Do you think this is something
>very difficult to do? (I have yet to build Lucene myself, but I would love
>to contribute... we are actually working on some XML based loaders that may
>be of general interest)
> Lucene has been great for us, but the way... we are indexing genetic data
>(not the sequences themselves, but all the annotations and description stuff
>that scientists tack on) and Lucene has been excellent...  our indexes (we
>use many with the multisearcher) are about 13 gigs now and Lucene has hardly
>broken a sweat.
>Thanks for your help,
>David Snyder
>SeƱor Software Engineer
>NetGenics, Inc.
>1717 E. 9th St., #1700
>Cleveland, OH 44114
>(216) 861-4007
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Doug Cutting []
>Sent: Friday, October 05, 2001 12:24 PM
>To: 'Snyder, David'
>Subject: RE: Lucene 1.2 and directory write permissions?
>>From: Snyder, David []
>>I've been porting our application to use the 1.2 release 
>>candidate 1 build
>>and now have a problem opening searchers on our existing 
>>indexes.  I get a
>>Permission Denied exception...  our permissions are set up to 
>>allow reading
>>of the directory and contained files during a search, but not writing.
>Hmm.  That is a problem.  The reader now creates a lock file while it is
>opening the index to keep a writer process from deleting files while they're
>being opened.  When opening an index the reader must first read the list of
>files to open, then open them.  If between reading the list and opening a
>file that file were to disappear, then the open would fail.  This was the
>longstanding race condition that is fixed by the lock files.  A writing
>process will now wait for the reader to open all of the files before
>updating things.
>Perhaps we should instead write lock files in a subdirectory of the index
>named "locks".  You could make that directory read/write, but make the
>parent read-only.  Alternately, we could have an flag that turns off the use
>of lock files, for those who know that there is no other process that is
>potentially simultaneously updating the index.  Which approach would folks

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