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From "Shai Erera (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (LUCENE-2294) Create IndexWriterConfiguration and store all of IW configuration there
Date Thu, 04 Mar 2010 09:42:27 GMT
Create IndexWriterConfiguration and store all of IW configuration there

                 Key: LUCENE-2294
             Project: Lucene - Java
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Index
            Reporter: Shai Erera
             Fix For: 3.1

I would like to factor out of all IW configuration parameters into a single configuration
class, which I propose to name IndexWriterConfiguration (or IndexWriterConfig). I want to
store there almost everything besides the Directory, and to reduce all the ctors down to one:
IndexWriter(Directory, IndexWriterConfiguration). What I was thinking of storing there are
the following parameters:
* All of ctors parameters, except for Directory.
* The different setters where it makes sense. For example I still think infoStream should
be set on IW directly.

I'm thinking that IWC should expose everything in a setter/getter methods, and defaults to
whatever IW defaults today. Except for Analyzer which will need to be defined in the ctor
of IWC and won't have a setter.

I am not sure why MaxFieldLength is required in all IW ctors, yet IW declares a DEFAULT (which
is an int and not MaxFieldLength). Do we still think that 10000 should be the default? Why
not default to UNLIMITED and otherwise let the application decide what LIMITED means for it?
I would like to make MFL optional on IWC and default to something, and I hope that default
will be UNLIMITED. We can document that on IWC, so that if anyone chooses to move to the new
API, he should be aware of that ...

I plan to deprecate all the ctors and getters/setters and replace them by:
* One ctor as described above
* getIndexWriterConfiguration, or simply getConfig, which can then be queried for the setting
of interest.
* About the setters, I think maybe we can just introduce a setConfig method which will override
everything that is overridable today, except for Analyzer. So someone could do iw.getConfig().setSomething();
** The setters on IWC can return an IWC to allow chaining set calls ... so the above will
turn into iw.setConfig(iw.getConfig().setSomething1().setSomething2()); 

BTW, this is needed for Parallel Indexing (see LUCENE-1879), but I think it will greatly simplify

I'll start to work on a patch.

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