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From "Terry Steichen" <>
Subject Re: kick-start: Lucene to top-level project
Date Fri, 10 Dec 2004 21:10:03 GMT

Your answers to the organizational question makes a lot of sense, and I therefore, for one,
support what you're proposing.

Regarding Nutch, I gather it uses the standard Lucene library?  I keep seeing references on
this (or maybe it's the users') list suggesting people might find some answers to some of
their questions by examining the Nutch code.  Might there be some way to formally cross-reference
relevant code in the part of Nutch that uses Lucene in clever/useful ways?


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Erik Hatcher 
  To: Lucene Developers List 
  Sent: Friday, December 10, 2004 3:49 PM
  Subject: Re: kick-start: Lucene to top-level project

  On Dec 10, 2004, at 3:27 PM, Terry Steichen wrote:
  > Forgive me for asking a stupid question, but why?

  Ah, excellent question that I should have addressed in my first message.

  Bringing Lucene under a top-level project would allow us to eventually 
  bring the other Lucene ports that choose to Apache Software License 
  their code under the same umbrella.  This would allow us to more easily 
  create compatibility test suites to ensure version compatibility (or at 
  least identify incompatibilities clearly).  With the new projects 
  coming in, we could bring in new committers and partition the 
  repositories in finer-grained ways.

  >   Sounds like a fair amount of work is involved.

  It will be a fair amount of work, mostly administrative.

  > PS: Heck, just to prove it's probably a dumb question, I still don't 
  > even understand either the technical or organizational relationship(s) 
  > between Lucene and Nutch.

  Nutch is a full-web crawler built, by Doug, using Lucene indexes under 
  the covers.  Organizationally, Nutch is under a Apache compatible 
  license.  I don't believe any committers, other than Doug, overlap 
  though.  We would be bringing in a new set of committers on the Nutch 
  side of things.


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