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From "Tim Smith (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-4557) Indexed Offsets Can Be Lost During Merge
Date Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:16:12 GMT


Tim Smith commented on LUCENE-4557:

getSegmentForMerge could of course take AtomicReader to support addIndexes as well

CheckIndex validates indexed positions/offsets against term vectors?
isn't this really slow?

Also, if term vectors were indexed with offsets, and the positions did not have offsets, and
offsets are being added to positions as part of the merge, i could easily have my MergeReader
enhance the indexed positions offsets from the term vectors. 
Of course this would be a slower merge, but it would then have 100% the right data and not
result in the corruption you allude to. This would then make term vectors consistent and suitable
for bulk merge. (right now i don't have a use case that would have offsets indexed for both
term vectors and positions (it'd be one or the other), but its helpful you pointed this issue
out so i can make sure it would be handled properly in the future)

How about i look at working on a patch going down the pluggable segment data merging and we
can iterate from there?

> Indexed Offsets Can Be Lost During Merge
> ----------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-4557
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Bug
>    Affects Versions: 4.0
>            Reporter: Tim Smith
>         Attachments:
> Primary Use case:
> Start with pre-4.0 index (no indexed offsets available)
> Start indexing new documents with indexed offsets (IndexOptions.DOCS_AND_FREQS_AND_POSITIONS_AND_OFFSETS,
previously was IndexOptions.DOCS_AND_FREQS_AND_POSITIONS)
> merge/optimize index
> newly indexed documents will now no longer have offsets available
> In general, it is impossible to ever change a field to have offsets indexed when starting
with an existing index as a merge will cause offsets to be removed from the index.
> Desirable behavior would be for new documents to have offsets indexed properly, and old
documents would have offset of "0, 0" for all positions after merging with a segment that
contains offsets
> Current behavior can be very dangerous.
> for example:
> * Start indexing documents with indexed offsets
> * change config to not index offsets by accident
> * index 1 document
> * revert config back
> * offsets will start disappearing from documents as segments are merged

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