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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LUCENE-3297) FST doesn't fully share common prefix across all outputs
Date Sat, 09 Jul 2011 13:03:16 GMT
FST doesn't fully share common prefix across all outputs

                 Key: LUCENE-3297
             Project: Lucene - Java
          Issue Type: Improvement
            Reporter: Michael McCandless
            Priority: Minor

FST will try to share prefixes of outputs when possible, however in the [I think unusual in
practice] case where all outputs share a common prefix, FST really ought to store this just
once, on the root arc, but instead it's only able to push back to the N root arcs.  It's sort
of an off-by-one on how far back the pushing goes...

One [synthetic] example where this makes a big difference is the new Test2BPostings test,
when it uses MemoryCodec, because this test has 26 terms (letters of alphabet) and each term
has exactly the same long (~85 MB) all 1s byte[] as the postings.  If we fixed this issue,
then the resulting FST would only be ~85 MB but now instead it needs to be ~85 * 26 MB.

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