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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-4203) Add IndexWriter.tryDeleteDocument, to delete by document id when possible
Date Mon, 09 Jul 2012 20:48:35 GMT


Michael McCandless commented on LUCENE-4203:

bq. Should we consider splitting out NRTSegmentReader and just make it type-safe?

Hmm interesting...

I think we shouldn't: the only reason why IW must be in NRT mode (pooling readers) is because
of a limitation of IW: it cannot buffer pending deleted docIDs against already-flushed segments
unless it has a pooled reader for that segment.

We could (should?) someday fix this limitation, so I don't think the API sig should lock it
down today.

I also don't want users to think there may be salient differences b/w an NRT reader and a
"normal" reader.  The only difference is how the reader got the list of segments it should
open ... otherwise an NRT reader and non-NRT reader are identical now.
> Add IndexWriter.tryDeleteDocument, to delete by document id when possible
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-4203
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Java
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: core/index
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>         Attachments: LUCENE-4203.patch
> Spinoff from LUCENE-4069.
> In that use case, where the app needs to first lookup a document, then
> call updateDocument, it's wasteful today because the relatively costly
> lookup (by a primary key field, eg "id") is done twice.
> But, since you already resolved the PK to docID on the first lookup,
> it would be nice to then delete by that docID and then you can call
> addDocument instead.
> So I worked out a rough start at this, by adding
> IndexWriter.tryDeleteDocument.  It'd be a very expert API: it takes a
> SegmentInfo (referencing the segment that contains the docID), and as
> long as that segment hasn't yet been merged away, it will mark the
> document for deletion and return true (success).  If it has been
> merged away it returns false and the app must then delete-by-term.  It
> only works if the writer is in NRT mode (ie you've opened an NRT
> reader).
> In LUCENE-4069 using tryDeleteDocument gave a ~20% net speedup.
> I think tryDeleteDocument would also be useful when Solr "updates" a
> document by loading all stored fields, changing them, and calling
> updateDocument.

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