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From Doug Cutting <cutt...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1473) Implement Externalizable in main top level searcher classes
Date Wed, 03 Dec 2008 18:07:38 GMT
John Wang wrote:
> If you guys need help, maybe you guys should expand your committer list?

Committers are added when they've contributed a series of high-quality 
patches that have been committed, and demonstrated their ability to be 
easy to work with.  Displaying anger is not a good way to become a 
committer.  Calm persistence is advised.

Lucene does not currently use Java Serialization much.  Many committers 
may not be terribly familiar with it.

> Use case: deploying lucene in a distributed environment, we have a
> broker/server architecture. (standard stuff), we want roll out search
> servers with lucene 2.4 instance by instance. The problem is that the
> broker is sending a Query object to the searcher via java
> serialization at the server level, and the broker is running 2.3. And
> because of specifically this problem, 2.3 brokers cannot to talk to
> 2.4 search servers even when the Query object was not changed.

Thanks for providing a use case.  One way to address this would be for 
Lucene to better support cross-version serialization.  Another way might 
be for your application, which adds this requirement, to use an 
alternate representation for queries that it can guarantee is compatible 
across versions, e.g., a string.  Might that be possible?

Doug

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