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From Otis Gospodnetic <>
Subject Re: Lucene as a primary datastore
Date Wed, 20 Jan 2010 05:15:46 GMT
You are not alone, Guido.  It's a good question.  In my experience, Lucene is as stable as
MySQL/PostgreSQL in terms of its ability to hold your data and not corrupt it.  Of course,
even with the most expensive databases, you'd want to make backups.  The same goes with Lucene.
 Nowadays, one way people make "backups" is via replication. :)  Solr users thus often get
backups for free, as do people who put copies of their data on file systems like HDFS, which
tend to have replication turned on.

Sematext -- -- Solr - Lucene - Nutch

----- Original Message ----
> From: Guido Bartolucci <>
> To:
> Sent: Tue, January 19, 2010 10:58:36 PM
> Subject: Lucene as a primary datastore
> I know that the primary use case for Lucene is as an index of data
> that can be reconstructed (e.g., from a relational database or from
> spidering your corporate intranet).
> But, I'm curious if anyone uses Lucene as their primary datastore for
> their gold data. Is it good enough?
> Would anyone consider (or do people already) store data in Lucene
> that, if it was lost, would destroy their business? And no, I'm not
> suggesting that you don't back up this data, I'm just curious if there
> are problems with using Lucene in this way. Are there subtle
> corruptions that might show up in Lucene that wouldn't show up in
> Oracle or MySQL?
> I'm considering using Lucene in this way but I haven't been able to
> find any documentation describing this use case. Are there any studies
> of Lucene vs MySQL running for N years comparing the corruptions and
> recovery times?
> Am I just ignorant and scared of Lucene and too trusting of Oracle and MySQL?
> Thanks.
> -guido.
> (BTW, I did find a similar question asked back in 2007 in the archives
> but it doesn't really answer my question)
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