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From "Tardif, Sebastien" <>
Subject Static index on CD, how much forward compatible is the index
Date Mon, 18 Jul 2005 20:32:33 GMT

Let say I have a static index on CD, and my customer will be using this
CD for the next 10 years. I will also probably fix bug in the
application that use the CD and probably want to upgrade Lucene library
at some point. How much backward compatible is Lucene with old index
when Lucene release new version?

Does Lucene has any "good" history on index backward compatibility?

-----Original Message-----
From: Otis Gospodnetic [] 
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 3:34 PM
Subject: Re: Runtime full text search like in Microsoft Windows Search

As somebody already said, you can have an in-memory index with
RAMDirectory.  You can also pre-build a Lucene index on that CD - CD is
"static", you can't add/remove/change files on it, so you can build an
index and burn it onto the CD at the same time when you put the Word
files on it.

As for getting the indexable text out of Word and other documents, look
at the code for the Lucene book - - there is a
little framework there, that parses and indexes a number of common file


--- "Tardif, Sebastien" <> wrote:

> How can you use Lucene like the very limited but fast search that 
> Microsoft Windows Search provide?
> The use case is that the users have a CD with lot of files. I provide 
> them a nice user interface. They have the option to generate the full 
> text search index but they should also be able to search without an 
> index generated. I know that will be slow, but Microsoft Windows 
> Search is still able to search 500 MB in less than 30 seconds for 
> simpler matching.
> How can I use Lucene for this simpler, not existing index, search?
> Or should I have to hook to operating system specific API like Win32 
> on Windows?

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