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From Yura Smolsky <>
Subject big index and multi threaded IndexSearcher
Date Wed, 16 Feb 2005 20:04:56 GMT

I use PyLucene, python port of Lucene.

I have problem about using big index (50Gb) with IndexSearcher
from many threads.
I use IndexSearcher from PyLucene's PythonThread. It's really a wrapper
around a Java/libgcj thread that python is tricked into thinking
it's one of its own.

The core of problem:
When I have many threads (more than 5) I receive this exception:
  File "/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/", line 2241, in search
    def search(*args): return _PyLucene.Searcher_search(*args)
ValueError: java.lang.OutOfMemoryError
   <<No stacktrace available>>

When I decrease number of threads to 3 or even 1 then search works.
How do many threads can affect to this exception?..

I have 2 Gb of memory. So with one thread the process takes like

Andi Vajda suggested that "There may be overhead involved in having
multiple threads against a given index."

Does anyone here have experience in handling big indexes with many

Any ideas are appreciated.

Yura Smolsky.

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