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From "Alex Murzaku" <>
Subject RE: Searching for null value?
Date Fri, 11 Apr 2003 13:20:30 GMT
yeah - that would be very compact indeed... but, I don't think the
existence of the field is part of any query type implementations.

-----Original Message-----
From: petite_abeille [] 
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 8:56 AM
To: Lucene Users List
Subject: Re: Searching for null value?

Hi Alex,

On Friday, Apr 11, 2003, at 14:39 Europe/Zurich, Alex Murzaku wrote:

> I don't think a free standing NOT query works. The best way would be 
> to have a default value that is there for every record (some kind of 
> support field) which in turn can be combined with a NOT query, e.g.:
> 	+field:category -category:junk
> which assumes you have a field called "field" and a field called 
> "category"...

I see. What about the other way around? Is there a way to express a 
query for the existence of a field, no matter what its value might be? 
Something like: search for all documents with a field named "category"?




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