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From Andrzej Bialecki>
Subject Re: Index Partitioning
Date Mon, 23 Mar 2009 05:43:40 GMT
Shashi Kant wrote:
> Is there an "elegant" approach to partitioning a large Lucene index (~1TB)
> into smaller sub-indexes other than the obvious method of re-indexing into
> partitions?
> Any ideas?

Try the following:

* open your index, and mark all documents as deleted except 1/Nth that 
should fill the first shard. Close the index, BUT DO NOT OPTIMIZE IT!

* create IndexWriter, and use addIndexes to add the original index. Only 
non-deleted docs will be copied.

* open the original index and use undeleteAll() to revert the deletions.

* mark the next 1/Nth documents as deleted
* repeat the cycle as many times as needed

A more elegant version of this algorithm can be implemented using 

Best regards,
Andrzej Bialecki     <><
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