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From Otis Gospodnetic <>
Subject Re: Why does BooleanQuery$TooManyClauses extend RuntimeException?
Date Wed, 26 Nov 2003 12:21:59 GMT
Would a better solution then be to just change the TMC exception to be
a checked one?  (I don't quite like this either, as it forces me to use
try/catch blocks, even if I choose not to do anything to handle this
exception, but....)


--- Erik Hatcher <> wrote:
> On Wednesday, November 26, 2003, at 06:51  AM, Otis Gospodnetic
> wrote:
> > Hm, I'm not sure if I like this change.
> > Yes, this change makes it easier to handle TooManyClauses
> exception,
> > but the cause exception has nothing to do with parsing, and
> wrapping it
> > in ParseException hides that.
> It sort of does have something to do with the parsing though.... in 
> that something the user typed parsed to an invalid query.
> > I prefer leaving things like before.  Anyone who uses Lucene for
> > serious business should have read the Javadoc for various queries,
> and
> > not just the QueryParser, so complaining that this is only
> documented
> > in BooleanQuery javadoc is not a good excuse, IMHO.
> I tend to disagree with this.  And perhaps it has to do with my 
> opinions on exceptions.  Runtime exceptions are pretty rude if they 
> were meant to be caught.  QueryParser is for attaching a UI for user 
> entered queries.
> I would agree with you more if TooManyClauses was a checked exception
> so that it would have to be dealt with for developers using
> QueryParser.
> > Furthemore, anyone who uses QueryParser should know that
> ParseException
> > will be thrown every once in a while, when users enter a query with
> > invalid syntax, and such.  Entering a Prefix or Wildcard query that
> > results in more than 1024 BooleanQueries is not the result of
> invalid
> > query syntax, but indicates a different problem, which those
> running
> > the Lucene-based application may want to know about and handle
> > differently.
> >
> > What do you think?
> I still think the only thing that should come from the parse method
> is 
> a ParseException, unless it is truly a runtime exception that could
> not 
> be handled any other way.
> I'm fine backing it out if that is the consensus, but I personally as
> a 
> user of QueryParser myself am not fond of the mysterious runtime 
> exceptions thrown from within Lucene's codebase propagating all the
> way 
> back out rather than being wrapped.
> 	Erik
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