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From "Anson Lau" <>
Subject RE: Lucene vs. MySQL Full-Text
Date Wed, 21 Jul 2004 11:29:31 GMT
Depending on what MySQL Full-text search support you probably will lose some
of the advance things you get for free from Lucene, such as proximity
search, wildcard search, search term and search field boosting, scoring of
the documents, etc.

Afterall it depends on what you need to do.  In our dev team we are actually
currently having a mini debate over whether to use lucene for our project or
write something from scratch that's based on a DB.

We need really good performance. I feel lucene can do our job very well,
some of our guys feel using a DB based search can give us greater
performance on the type of search we do.


-----Original Message-----
From: Florian Sauvin [] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2004 8:55 AM
To: Lucene Users List
Subject: Re: Lucene vs. MySQL Full-Text

On Jul 20, 2004, at 12:29 PM, Tim Brennan wrote:

> Someone came into my office today and asked me about the project I am
> trying to Lucene for -- "why aren't you just using a MySQL full-text
> index to do that" -- after thinking about it for a few minutes, I
> realized I don't have a great answer.
> MySQL builds inverted indexes for (in theory) doing the same type of
> lookup that lucene does.  You'd maybe have to build some kind of a 
> layer
> on the front to mimic Lucene's analyzers, but that wouldn't be too
> hard....
> My only experience with MySQLfulltext is trivial test apps -- but the
> MySQL world does have some significant advantages (its a known quantity
> from an operations perspective, etc).....  Does anyone out there have
> anything more concrete they can add?
> --tim

I'd say that MySQL full text is much slower if you have a lot of
data... that is one of the reasons we started using lucene (We had a
mysql db to do the search), it's way faster!



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