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From "Adrien Grand (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SOLR-3855) DocValues support
Date Mon, 05 Nov 2012 22:22:12 GMT


Adrien Grand commented on SOLR-3855:

bq. We could combine these? e.g. a docValueType of "none" or something?

Something I like about having two different parameters is that it gives the ability to specify
a default DocValues.Type (used when docValues is true and docValueType is unset). For example,
with some FieldTypes only one DocValues.Type makes sense (UUIDField -> FIXED_STRAIGHT)
and it would make sense to make FIXED_INTS_32 the default docValueType for TrieIntField.

Additionally, maybe that not having to learn about all DocValues types before using them would
make their adoption smoother?

bq. So this way there is no trap (slow-io, or huge ram) on anyone.

I like this argument (forcing the trade-off to be explicit)! But this makes me want to merge
DocValues activation with the method instead of the type. For example we could say docValues=no|disk|memory
(optional, defaults to "no", "disk" to enable direct doc values, "memory" otherwise) docValueType=${type}
(optional, default value depends on the FieldType, only taken into account when "docValues"
is set and is not "no").

I don't like the fact that I needed to add createDocValues method in addition to the createField
method, but only poly fields can return several fields. We should probably fix the API (maybe
something like normal fields must have at most one indexed field but should be able to produce
several stored fields?) but I'd rather do it in a different issue.

bq. for this initial patch, we could just make it so only "memory" actually works and you
get a UOE if you ask for direct. I feel like this is a good step to remove uninversion times,
etc and we could separately add the disk option...

Adding support for direct doc values should be easy: DocValues value sources already support
direct DocValues, we just need to fix implementations to have an
option to use direct DocValues (they currently force in-memory DocValues).
> DocValues support
> -----------------
>                 Key: SOLR-3855
>                 URL:
>             Project: Solr
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Adrien Grand
>            Assignee: Adrien Grand
>            Priority: Minor
>             Fix For: 4.1, 5.0
>         Attachments: SOLR-3855.patch
> It would be nice if Solr supported DocValues:
>  - for ID fields (fewer disk seeks when running distributed search),
>  - for sorting/faceting/function queries (faster warmup time than fieldcache),
>  - better on-disk and in-memory efficiency (you can use packed impls).

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