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From "Paul Elschot (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-584) Decouple Filter from BitSet
Date Fri, 17 Nov 2006 12:27:39 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-584?page=comments#action_12450715 ] 
            
Paul Elschot commented on LUCENE-584:
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I have just resolved some minor local conflicts on the updated copyrights of four java  files.
Please holler when a fresh  patch is needed.

> Decouple Filter from BitSet
> ---------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-584
>                 URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-584
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Search
>    Affects Versions: 2.0.1
>            Reporter: Peter Schäfer
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: BitsMatcher.java, Filter-20060628.patch, HitCollector-20060628.patch,
IndexSearcher-20060628.patch, MatchCollector.java, Matcher.java, Matcher20060830b.patch, Scorer-20060628.patch,
Searchable-20060628.patch, Searcher-20060628.patch, Some Matchers.zip, SortedVIntList.java,
TestSortedVIntList.java
>
>
> {code}
> package org.apache.lucene.search;
> public abstract class Filter implements java.io.Serializable 
> {
>   public abstract AbstractBitSet bits(IndexReader reader) throws IOException;
> }
> public interface AbstractBitSet 
> {
>   public boolean get(int index);
> }
> {code}
> It would be useful if the method =Filter.bits()= returned an abstract interface, instead
of =java.util.BitSet=.
> Use case: there is a very large index, and, depending on the user's privileges, only
a small portion of the index is actually visible.
> Sparsely populated =java.util.BitSet=s are not efficient and waste lots of memory. It
would be desirable to have an alternative BitSet implementation with smaller memory footprint.
> Though it _is_ possibly to derive classes from =java.util.BitSet=, it was obviously not
designed for that purpose.
> That's why I propose to use an interface instead. The default implementation could still
delegate to =java.util.BitSet=.

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