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From "Hoss Man (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (SOLR-656) better error message when "data/index" is completely empty
Date Tue, 01 Jan 2013 01:07:21 GMT


Hoss Man commented on SOLR-656:

Shawn: thanks for looking into this, but i'm not sure any changes are really needed anymore.

At the time i created this issue, you would get a really ugly and confusing error message
if you stoped solr, ran "rm dataDir/index/*" and left the index directory empty, and then
restarted solr.

it appears that at some point in the past 5 years, the underlying behavior of lucene has changed,
such that an "empty" Directory is now acceptable, and that same behavior works fine -- solr/lucene
happily adds new segments file to the empty directory on startup and you can start indexing

So unless you're seeing some error i'm not (maybe this only works cleanly with the default
DirectoryFactory?) i think we can resolve this as not a problem
> better error message when "data/index" is completely empty
> ----------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SOLR-656
>                 URL:
>             Project: Solr
>          Issue Type: Wish
>            Reporter: Hoss Man
>             Fix For: 4.2, 5.0
>         Attachments: SOLR-656.patch, SOLR-656-rmdir.patch, SOLR-656-rmdir.patch
> Solr's normal behavior is to create an "index" dire in the dataDir if one does not already
exist, but if "index" does exist it is used as is, warts and all ... if the index is corrupt
in some way, and Solr can't create an IndexWriter or IndexReader that error is propagated
up to the user.
> I don't think this should change: Solr shouldn't attempt to do anything special if there
is a low level problem with the index, but something that i've seen happen more then a few
times is that people unwittingly "rm index/*" when they should "run -r index" and as a result
Solr+Lucene gives them an error instead of just giving them an empty index
> when checking if an existing index dir exists, it would probably be worth while to add
a little one line sanity test that it contains some files, and log a warning.

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