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From "Sharma, Siddharth" <>
Subject Too many clauses
Date Mon, 17 Oct 2005 19:31:52 GMT
Query:  caught a class org.apache.lucene.queryParser.ParseException
 with message: Too many boolean clauses

I realize why this is happening (the 1024 clauses limit for BooleanQuery).
My question is more design related.

During customer registration, the customer defines a set of skus/products
that we should never display to them. These products are part of our catalog
offering but we are forbidden to make them available to this customer. This
list is called the block list and can potentially be large (6 to 7

When a customer logs in, this block list is identified and currently I am
using QueryParser to parse these skus to block/exclude. That is why I am
hitting against the 1024 upper bound.

To circumvent it, here are a few options that I have thought of:
1. Chunk it up: 
  a. Create a filter based on a query that has a maximum of 1024. 
  b. Get its bits.
  c. Get the next 1024 blocked skus and create a filter out of it and get   
     its bits.
  d. AND the two BitSets.
  e. Do this till all blocked skus and other filters are ANDed together for 
     the final BitSet.

2. Build the block list into the index somehow
  a. My index is based on SKUs, not on customer.
  b. I could add a field in each SKU document that contains the customer-ids

     who want this SKU blocked.
  c. But this field's value could be very large.

3. Some other obvious way that I am stupid enough not to be able to 

Thanks in advance

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