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From "Yonik Seeley (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SOLR-2519) Improve the defaults for the "text" field type in default schema.xml
Date Mon, 16 May 2011 17:27:47 GMT


Yonik Seeley commented on SOLR-2519:

I think maybe there's a misconception that the fieldType named "text" was meant to be generic
for all languages.  As I said in the thread, if I had to do it over again, I would have named
it "text_en" because that's what it's purpose was.  But at this point, it seems like the best
way forward is to leave "text" as an english fieldType and simply add other fieldTypes that
can support other languages.

Some downsides I see to this patch (i.e. trying to make the 'text' fieldType generic):
- The current WordDelimiterFilter options the fieldType feel like a trap for non-whitespace-delimited
languages.  WDF is configured to index catenations as well as splits... so all of the tokens
(words?) that are split out are also catenated together and indexed (which seems like it could
lead to some truly huge tokens erroneously being indexed.)
- You left the english stemmer on the "text" fieldType... but if it's supposed to be generic,
couldn't this be bad for some other western languages where it could cause stemming collisions
of words not related to each other?

Taking into account all the existing users (and all the existing documentation, examples,
tutorial, etc), I favor a more conservative approach of adding new fieldTypes rather than
radically changing the behavior of existing ones.

Random question: what are the implications of changing from WhitespaceTokenizer to StandardTokenizer,
esp w.r.t. WDF?

> Improve the defaults for the "text" field type in default schema.xml
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SOLR-2519
>                 URL:
>             Project: Solr
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>            Assignee: Michael McCandless
>             Fix For: 3.2, 4.0
>         Attachments: SOLR-2519.patch
> Spinoff from:
> The text fieldType in schema.xml is unusable for non-whitespace
> languages, because it has the dangerous auto-phrase feature (of
> Lucene's QP -- see LUCENE-2458) enabled.
> Lucene leaves this off by default, as does ElasticSearch
> (http://
> Furthermore, the "text" fieldType uses WhitespaceTokenizer when
> StandardTokenizer is a better cross-language default.
> Until we have language specific field types, I think we should fix
> the "text" fieldType to work well for all languages, by:
>   * Switching from WhitespaceTokenizer to StandardTokenizer
>   * Turning off auto-phrase

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