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From Andrzej Bialecki>
Subject Re: Can't find documents with certain terms
Date Wed, 22 Jun 2005 21:48:15 GMT
Urs Eichmann wrote:
> My index consists of about 26 different fields. I have a very weird problem:
> On certain fields, I cannot search - i.e. the search always returns 0
> documents. I used Luke's Lucene Index Toolbox, and the behaviour there is
> weird as well:
> I do the following in Luke's Program:
> a) go to the Documents Tab
> b) Enter term field "unit" and value="DOSE", hit "Show all docs"
> c) A list of 5 documents is displayed, which is ok. The query which was
> generated is unit:DOSE. The parsed query is unit:DOSE and the rewritten
> query is unit:dose
> d) Then I just hit the "Search" button without changing the query or
> anything
> e) now the result list is empty. The only difference I can see is that the
> parsed query is unit:dose now instead of unit:DOSE as before.

There are two possible explanations:

1. perhaps the actual term in the index is 'DOSE', and you are looking 
for 'dose' (what counts is what the "rewritten query" shows). Lucene 
doesn't lowercase automatically, so these two terms won't match. Or 
perhaps the term is 'DOSE ' (whitespace included)?

2. or, the hits you are getting are below the threshold. Please use the 
HitCollector interface to collect all hits, no matter how small the score.

You can write a simple class using IndexReader to iterate over all index 
terms, and see if the exact term exists (with exactly the same case as 
in your rewritten query).

Best regards,
Andrzej Bialecki     <><
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