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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-743) IndexReader.reopen()
Date Mon, 08 Oct 2007 18:45:51 GMT


Michael McCandless commented on LUCENE-743:

> > Actually if we went back to the sharing (not cloning) approach,
> > could we insert a check for any writing operation against the
> > re-opened reader that throws an exception if the original reader
> > is not yet closed?
> Interesting, yes that should work in case we have two readers (the
> original one and the re-opened one). But what happens if the user
> calls reopen twice to get two re-opened instances back? Then there
> would be three instances, and without cloning the two re-opened ones
> would also share the same resources. Is this a desirable use case or
> would it be okay to restrict reopen() so that it can only create one
> new instance?

Hmmm good point.

Actually, we could allow more then one re-open call if we take the
following approach: every time a cloned Reader "borrows" a reference
to a sub-reader, it increments a counter (call it the "referrer
count").  When the Reader is closed, it decrements the count (by 1)
for each of the sub-readers.

Then, any reader should refuse to do a writing operation if its
"referrer" count is greater than 1, because it's being shared across
more than one referrer.

This way if you have a reader X and you did reopen to get Y and did
reopen again to get Z then the shared sub-readers between X, Y and Z
would not allow any write operations until 2 of the three had been
closed.  I think that would work?

BTW this would also allow for very efficient "snapshots" during
searching: keeping multiple readers "alive", each searching a
different point-in-time commit of the index, because they would all
share the underlying segment readers that they have in common.  Vs
cloning which would have to make many copies of each segment reader.

> IndexReader.reopen()
> --------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-743
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Index
>            Reporter: Otis Gospodnetic
>            Assignee: Michael Busch
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 2.3
>         Attachments:, lucene-743-take2.patch, lucene-743.patch,
lucene-743.patch, lucene-743.patch,,, varient-no-isCloneSupported.BROKEN.patch
> This is Robert Engels' implementation of IndexReader.reopen() functionality, as a set
of 3 new classes (this was easier for him to implement, but should probably be folded into
the core, if this looks good).

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