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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: Lucene 1.4
Date Thu, 06 May 2004 18:24:35 GMT

Lucene 1.3 added a compound file format which may solve your out of 
file handles issue.  Look at the new method on IndexWriter to use this 


On May 6, 2004, at 2:11 PM, Scott Smith wrote:

> We are currently using lucene 1.3 on a production web server.  For the
> most part, it runs great.  However, once in a while we see some 
> problems
> which I suspect are the infamous "running out of file handles" bugs.  I
> would claim that we are doing everything right (famous last words) so 
> it
> would be nice if someone could explain the proper methods for using the
> Searcher object to avoid this problem.  I should probably mention that
> I'm adding new items to the index once per minute though I close the
> indexwriter each time.  I suspect the problem is that I can't close the
> Searcher object because the hits list needs it to get at the documents.
> At any rate, that brings me to the real question.  I believe I've read
> that 1.4 has changes to largely eliminate these problems.  I know that
> RC2 is out.  My question is has anyone tried RC2?  Is it stable?
> Obviously, I'm trying to make the decision as to whether moving to
> 1.4RC2 or stay with 1.3.  Comments would be appreciated.
> Scott

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