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From "Robert Muir (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-4399) Rename AppendingCodec to Appending40Codec
Date Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:04:07 GMT


Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-4399:

I wasn't saying i was totally against the idea btw, i was just trying to invite some discussion...,
just to explain
my rationale:

Personally I dont think its that great we have version numbers in our default codec, I was
the one that proposed this
because its simple on our end as Lucene developers to implement backwards compatibility this
way: but it encourages
some code duplication and stuff like that: which is in my mind, a lesser evil than conditionals
inside one "mega-impl"
like before, that must handle different binary formats.

And i think this is pretty contained to expert users: most people will just create an indexwriter
and be oblivious to this.

As far as alternative things in codecs/, I feel it would be best to not add complication for
back-compat, instead to
try to keep these implementations simple. If we start adding versioning and back compat to
them, then we are basically
expanding our backwards compatibility commitments to N versions * M formats, which is something
that requires a very
big discussion.
> Rename AppendingCodec to Appending40Codec
> -----------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-4399
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>            Reporter: Adrien Grand
>            Assignee: Adrien Grand
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 4.0
> In order AppendingCodec to follow Lucene codecs version, I think its name should include
a version number (so that, for example, if we get to releave Lucene 4.3 with a new Lucene43Codec,
there will also be a new Appending43Codec).

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