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From Michael McCandless <>
Subject Re: [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1473) Implement Externalizable in main top level searcher classes
Date Fri, 05 Dec 2008 20:07:34 GMT

John Wang wrote:

> My proposal is to add the suid to Serializable classes

That's too brittle.

If we do that, then what happens when we need to add a field to the
class (eg, in 2.9 we've replaced "inclusive" in RangeQuery with
"includeLower" and "includeUpper")?  The standard answer is you bump
the suid, but, then that breaks back compatibility.

Since we would still sometimes, unpredictably, break back
compatibility, no app could rely on it.  You can't have a "mostly
back compatible" promise.

So... we have to either 1) only support "live serialization" and
update the javadocs saying so, or 2) support full back compat of
serialized classes and spell out the actual policy, make thorough
tests for it, etc.


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