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From Shaun Senecal <>
Subject PrefixQueries on large indexes (4M+ Documents) using a partial Query partial Filter solution
Date Thu, 15 Oct 2009 08:14:45 GMT
I know this has been discussed to great length, but I still have not found a
satisfactory solution and I am hoping someone on the list has some ideas...

We have a large index (4M+ Documents) with a handful of Fields.  We need to
perform PrefixQueries on multiple fields.  The problem is that when the
Query gets rewritten, certain fields expand to too many terms and we end up
with TooManyClauses (I know, I know, read the FAQ).  The solution so far has
been to extract the bits of the query which cause TooManyClauses to be
thrown and make them filters:

for every field to be searched {
    try {

        if (resulting BooleanQuery contains at least 1 clause) // important,
otherwise 0 results can be returned when >0 should be returned
            add the rewritten query to a BooleanQuery (using SHOULD)
    catch (TMC) {
        add the filter to a BooleanFilter(using SHOULD)

Up to Lucene 2.4, this has been working out for us.  However, in Lucene 2.9
this breaks since rewrite() now returns a ConstantScoreQuery.  I changed the
code to automatically make the entire query a filter if TooManyClauses is
ever caught, but this had massive performance implications.  It seems to
have doubled our average query execution time!

Is there a solution to this?  Is there a way I can know that a
ConstantScoreQuery will match at least 1 term (if not, I dont want to add it
to the BooleanQuery)?  Does 2.9 support new features that would aid in this

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