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From "Shai Erera (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-2386) IndexWriter commits unnecessarily on fresh Directory
Date Thu, 08 Apr 2010 20:28:36 GMT


Shai Erera commented on LUCENE-2386:

Took a look at IndexFileDeleter, and located to offending code segment which is responsible
for the IndexCorruptException:
    if (currentCommitPoint == null) {
      // We did not in fact see the segments_N file
      // corresponding to the segmentInfos that was passed
      // in.  Yet, it must exist, because our caller holds
      // the write lock.  This can happen when the directory
      // listing was stale (eg when index accessed via NFS
      // client with stale directory listing cache).  So we
      // try now to explicitly open this commit point:
      SegmentInfos sis = new SegmentInfos();
      try {, segmentInfos.getCurrentSegmentFileName(), codecs);
      } catch (IOException e) {
        throw new CorruptIndexException("failed to locate current segments_N file");

Looks like this code protects against a real problem, which was raised on the list a couple
of times already - stale NFS cache. So I'm reluctant to remove that check ... thought I still
think we should differentiate between a newly created index on a fresh Directory, to a stale
NFS problem. Maybe we can pass a boolean isNew or something like that to the ctor, and if
it's a new index and the last commit point is missing, IFD will not throw the exception, but
silently ignore that? So the code would become something like this:
    if (currentCommitPoint == null && !isNew) {

Does this make sense, or am I missing something?

> IndexWriter commits unnecessarily on fresh Directory
> ----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-2386
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Bug
>          Components: Index
>            Reporter: Shai Erera
>            Assignee: Shai Erera
>             Fix For: 3.1
> I've noticed IndexWriter's ctor commits a first commit (empty one) if a fresh Directory
is passed, w/ OpenMode.CREATE or CREATE_OR_APPEND. This seems unnecessarily, and kind of brings
back an autoCommit mode, in a strange way ... why do we need that commit? Do we really expect
people to open an IndexReader on an empty Directory which they just passed to an IW w/ create=true?
If they want, they can simply call commit() right away on the IW they created.
> I ran into this when writing a test which committed N times, then compared the number
of commits (via IndexReader.listCommits) and was surprised to see N+1 commits.
> Tried to change doCommit to false in IW ctor, but it got IndexFileDeleter jumping on
me .. so the change might not be that simple. But I think it's manageable, so I'll try to
attack it (and IFD specifically !) back :).

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