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From "Yonik Seeley (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-573) Escaped quotes inside a phrase cause a ParseException
Date Wed, 08 Nov 2006 01:56:58 GMT
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Yonik Seeley commented on LUCENE-573:

The number of people searching for '\' must be minuscule (to non-existent), so I'm personally
OK with doing what makes the most sense.

In general, I think it's more user friendly and less surprising to allow a backslash escape
of something that doesn't need it (while removing the backslash).

\\ => \
\" => "
\+ => +      // not a necessary escape if in a quoted string, but consistent

Then there are the "control" chars, \r\n\t, etc.

At some point we might want to allow unicode escapes, and keeping backslash as a general escape
char will facilitate this.

> Escaped quotes inside a phrase cause a ParseException
> -----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-573
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: QueryParser
>    Affects Versions: 1.9
>         Environment: Debian Sarge, Sun JDK 1.4.2
>            Reporter: Tomislav Gountchev
>         Assigned To: Michael Busch
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: escaped_quotes_inside_phrases.patch
> QueryParser cannot handle escaped quotes when inside a phrase. Escaped quotes not in
a phrase are not a problem. This can be added to TestQueryParser.testEscaped() to demonstrate
the issue - the second assert throws an exception:
> assertQueryEquals("a \\\"b c\\\" d", a, "a \"b c\" d");
> assertQueryEquals("\"a \\\"b c\\\" d\"", a, "\"a \"b c\" d\"");
> See also this thread:

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