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From Ben Pryor <>
Subject RE: Building query to match a sub-string of a field
Date Tue, 29 Jun 2004 21:45:34 GMT
If you are building a query using the API, the WildcardQuery class will
allow you to use a leading wildcard character. The QueryParser will not
allow this, however, so if you're getting queries using the QueryParser a
leading wildcard won't work.

I have successfully done substring queries through the API using code
previously posted to the list:
I haven't run into any performance problems because of these classes.

There were a few minor changes that needed to be made to that code to make
it work with the latest Lucene 1.4RC3 - I think it was just a matter of
changing a constructor signature.


-----Original Message-----
From: Terence Lai [] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 4:29 PM
Subject: Building query to match a sub-string of a field

Hi Everyone,

I am trying to construct a query which matches a sub-string of a field. As
an illustration, I would like to search the following words by using the
sub-string "test":

- test
- testing
- contest
- contestable

I realize that Lucene does support wildcard searches using "*" and "?" in
the custom query. Therefore, the query string "*test*" should give me the
right result. However, the Lucene query syntax
( does not
allow the wildcard "*" as the first character of the search. Therefore, the
query "*test*" is invalid. Does anyone have a solution to build the query to
achieve the same result?


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