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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (LUCENE-1585) Allow to control how payloads are merged
Date Fri, 07 May 2010 00:39:48 GMT

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Michael McCandless commented on LUCENE-1585:
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OK new approach sounds good Shai!  The 3x patch looks good.

Should we maybe name it PayloadMergeProcessor or something?  Transformer? Consumer isn't really
what it is... really it transforms the payloads on during merging.

> Allow to control how payloads are merged
> ----------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-1585
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-1585
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Index
>            Reporter: Michael Busch
>            Assignee: Shai Erera
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 3.1, 4.0
>
>         Attachments: LUCENE-1585_3x.patch, LUCENE-1585_3x.patch, LUCENE-1585_trunk.patch
>
>
> Lucene handles backwards-compatibility of its data structures by
> converting them from the old into the new formats during segment
> merging. 
> Payloads are simply byte arrays in which users can store arbitrary
> data. Applications that use payloads might want to convert the format
> of their payloads in a similar fashion. Otherwise it's not easily
> possible to ever change the encoding of a payload without reindexing.
> So I propose to introduce a PayloadMerger class that the SegmentMerger
> invokes to merge the payloads from multiple segments. Users can then
> implement their own PayloadMerger to convert payloads from an old into
> a new format.
> In the future we need this kind of flexibility also for column-stride
> fields (LUCENE-1231) and flexible indexing codecs.
> In addition to that it would be nice if users could store version
> information in the segments file. E.g. they could store "in segment _2
> the term a:b uses payloads of format x.y".

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