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From "Brian Campbell" <>
Subject Re: Keyword search with space and wildcard
Date Fri, 29 Aug 2003 03:54:48 GMT
Basically, yes, I am trying to put a wildcard in a phrase.  My field (a 
Keyword) is the name of a project.  It can be 40 characters long (I'm 
basically indexing some database columns).  Since it is a Keyword and not a 
Text field, it doesn't get tokenized (I do this on purpose) and must match 
up exactly.  I would like for users to be able to search on partial phrases 
such as "Hello w*" and match up to "Hello world" and "Hello washington", 
etc.  Is this not possible?  Is it documented anywhere?


>From: "Terry Steichen" <>
>Reply-To: "Lucene Users List" <>
>To: "Lucene Users List" <>
>Subject: Re: Keyword search with space and wildcard
>Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 22:29:44 -0400
>If I understand your issue correctly, I think what you're experiencing is
>the fact that you can have a phrase query "hello world", or a wildcard 
>+hell* +wor*, but you can't mix the two together.  As far as I've found,
>that's a basic limitation you just have to live with.  (Of course, if
>someone on the list can show me where I'm wrong, I'll be delighted.)  You
>can add boosting to any kind of term (such as wor*^10 or "world order"^10),
>but (I don't think) you can't mix wildcards and phrases.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Brian Campbell" <>
>To: <>
>Sent: Thursday, August 28, 2003 4:45 PM
>Subject: Keyword search with space and wildcard
> > I've created and index that has a Keyword field in it.  I'm trying to do 
> > search on that field where my term has a space and the wildcard 
> > it.  For example, I'll issue the following search:  project_name:"Hello
> >   I have an entry in the project_name field of "Hello world".  I would
> > expect to get a hit on this but I don't.  Is this not the way Lucene
> > behaves? Am I doing something wrong?  Thanks.
> >
> > -Brian
> >
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