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From "Robert Engels" <>
Subject RE: non indexed field searching?
Date Wed, 17 May 2006 15:20:52 GMT
I reviewed the solr source (at LOT of the code is amazingly similar to our
own search server).

I don't see anything related to searching using non-indexed fields. Could
you maybe point me at the class(es) that implement this functionality?

-----Original Message-----
From: Erik Hatcher []
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 6:35 PM
Subject: Re: non indexed field searching?

On May 16, 2006, at 3:37 PM, Robert Engels wrote:
> It seems that maybe a query could be separated into Filter and
> Query clauses
> (similar to how the query optimizer works in Nutch). Clauses that
> were based
> on non-indexed fields would be converted to a Filter.
> The problem is if you have some thing like
> (indexed:somevalue OR nonindexed:somevalue)
> would require a complete visit to every document.

Not necessarily.  A query optimizer could could extract these term
query clauses, look up cached doc sets (bit sets) and union them.
Scoring is the trickier part - I'm now curious to dig into Solr and
see how it handles this.

> I understand that this is moving Lucene closer to a database, but
> it is just
> very difficult to perform some complex queries efficiently without it.

Check out Solr - I think you'll find it fits this niche nicely.

> *** As an aside, I still don't understand why Filter is not an
> interface

I saw that Paul Elschot has just done some refactoring work attached
to a JIRA issue on this very topic.


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