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From "Sykes, Derek" <>
Subject RE: determining the type of a term - retrieving a payload
Date Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:28:36 GMT
Hi David,

nextPosition() was indeed the missing link.  Thanks very much!


-----Original Message-----
From: David Causse [] 
Sent: 15 October 2010 09:34
Subject: Re: determining the type of a term - retrieving a payload

On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 04:37:37PM +0100, Sykes, Derek wrote:
> Hi there,
> I'm currently trying to work out how I can determine the type (string/number/date/etc)of
a term.  I've not seen any off the shelf way to do it so am trying to store a payload against
each term that records the type.
> I'm having a little trouble retrieving a payload I'd stored onto the term.  At the moment
I'm using the TypeAsPayloadTokenFilter, however I'll change this soon as it's not really what
I'm after.
> I'm then getting a TermEnum from either reader.terms() or using a PrefixTermEnum.
> For each term I want the payload from I'm running this function:
>     private String getPayload(Term term) {
>         String payload = null;
>         try {
>             TermPositions termPositions = reader.termPositions(term);
>   ;
>             if (termPositions.isPayloadAvailable()) {
>                 byte[] payloadBytes = new byte[termPositions.getPayloadLength()];
>                 payloadBytes = termPositions.getPayload(payloadBytes, 0);
>                 payload = new String(payloadBytes);
>                 LOG.debug(payload);
>             }
>         }
>         catch( IOException e) {
> ...
> This never returns anything though.


my guess is that you need to call nextPosition, why not something like
this :
// goto to the doc with skipTo(int internalId) or next()
// Iterate over positions
for(int i = 0; i < currentTermPos.freq(); i++) {
	int p = currentTermPos.nextPosition();
	payloadBuffer = currentTermPos.getPayload(payloadBuffer, 0);

David Causse

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