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From "Uwe Schindler (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1658) Absorb NIOFSDirectory into FSDirectory
Date Sun, 31 May 2009 17:16:07 GMT


Uwe Schindler commented on LUCENE-1658:

Oh shit, on windows, a very lot of tests are failing with MMap. Windows says, you cannot delete
or modify files, which have a mapping, with Solaris it works without problems:
e.g. TestAtomicUpdates:
    [junit] C:\Projects\lucene\trunk\build\test\19.cfs\_12.cfs (Der Vorgang ist
bei einer Datei mit einem geƶffneten Bereich, der einem Benutzer zugeordnet ist,
 nicht anwendbar)

The problem is, that a memory mapped area is not released on close() in Java, it is released,
when GC frees it.
So the problem may be that MMap can only be used for *reading* indexes (so only read-only
IndexReaders) on windows.

What should we do, again disable MMap and only use NIOFSDir?

> Absorb NIOFSDirectory into FSDirectory
> --------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-1658
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Store
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>            Assignee: Uwe Schindler
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 2.9
>         Attachments: LUCENE-1658-take2.patch, LUCENE-1658-take2.patch, LUCENE-1658-take3.patch,
LUCENE-1658-take3.patch, LUCENE-1658.patch, LUCENE-1658.patch, LUCENE-1658.patch
> I think whether one uses* vs java.nio.* or eventually
> java.nio2.*, or some other means, is an under-the-hood implementation
> detail of FSDirectory and doesn't merit a whole separate class.
> I think FSDirectory should be the core class one uses when one's index
> is in the filesystem.
> So, I'd like to deprecate NIOFSDirectory, absorbing it into
> FSDirectory, and add a setting "useNIO" to FSDirectory.  It should
> default to "true" for non-Windows OSs, because it gives far better
> concurrent performance on all platforms but Windows (due to known Sun
> JRE issue

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