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From "Robert Muir (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-6005) Explore alternative to Document/Field/FieldType API
Date Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:31:34 GMT

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Robert Muir commented on LUCENE-6005:
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Is there some reason why you would serialize this in the commit? Fieldinfos is a much better
place imo

> Explore alternative to Document/Field/FieldType API
> ---------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-6005
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-6005
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Bug
>            Reporter: Michael McCandless
>            Assignee: Michael McCandless
>             Fix For: Trunk
>
>
> Auto-prefix terms (LUCENE-5879) is blocked because it's impossible in
> Lucene today to add a simple API to use it, and I don't think we
> should commit features that only super-experts can figure out how to
> use: that's evil.
> The only realistic "workaround" for such new features is to instead
> add them directly to the various servers on top of Lucene, since they
> all already have nice schema APIs.
> I opened LUCENE-5989 to try do at least a baby step towards making it
> easier to use auto-prefix terms, so you can easily add singleton
> binary tokens, but even that has proven controversial.
> Net/net I think we have to solve the root cause of this by fixing the
> Document/Field/FieldType API so that new index-level features can have
> a usable API, properly defaulted for the right types of fields.
> Towards that, I'm exploring a replacement for
> Document/Field/FieldType.  The idea is to expose simple methods on the
> document class (no more separate Field and FieldType classes):
> {noformat}
>     doc.addLargeText("body", "some text");
>     doc.addShortText("title", "a title");
>     doc.addAtom("id", "29jafnn");
>     doc.addBinary("bytes", new byte[7]);
>     doc.addNumber("number", 17);
> {noformat}
> And then expose a separate FieldTypes class, that you pass to ctor of
> the new document class, which lets you set all the various per-field
> settings (stored, doc values, etc.).  E.g.:
> {noformat}
>     types.enableStored("id");
> {noformat}
> FieldTypes is a write-once schema, and it throws exceptions if you try
> to make invalid changes once a given setting is already written
> (e.g. enabling norms after having disabled them).  It will (I haven't
> implemented this yet) save its state into IndexWriter's commitData, so
> it's available when you open a new IndexWriter for append and when you
> open a reader.
> It has methods to set all the per-field settings (analyzer, stored,
> term vectors, norms, index options, doc values type), and chooses
> "reasonable" defaults based on the value's type when it suddenly sees
> a new field.  For example, when you add a number, it's indexed for
> range querying and sorting (numeric doc values) by default.
> FieldTypes provides the analyzer and codec (a little messy) that you
> pass to IndexWriterConfig.  Since it's effectively a persistent
> schema, it knows all about the available fields at search time, so we
> could use it to create queries (checking if they are valid given that
> field's type).  Query parsers and highlighters could consult it.
> Default UIs (above Lucene) could use it, etc.  This is all future .. I
> think for this issue the goal should be to "just" provide a "better"
> index-time API but not yet make use of it at search time.
> So with this change, for auto-prefix terms, we could add an "enable
> range queries/filters" option, but then validate that the selected
> postings format supports such an option.
> I know this exploration will be horribly controversial, but
> realistically I don't think Lucene can move on much further if we
> can't finally address this schema problem head on.
> This is long overdue.



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