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From Alexey Lef <>
Subject IndexReader.close() behavior
Date Tue, 26 Apr 2011 12:46:21 GMT
This is the code in IndexReader.close():

  public final synchronized void close() throws IOException {
    if (!closed) {
      closed = true;

What strikes me as odd is that “closed” variable is set to true regardless of whether
the index was actually closed using doClose(). It is causing a bit of a problem in the following

We have many indexes. Some of these indexes are kept open and IndexReader is reused for performance
reasons, some are open just for a single search. Some of them are combined together at the
search time depending on the user performing the search. For every search, if there are multiple
relevant IndexReader, we create a new MultiReader instance and close it once the search is
done. Since reference counting is already built into the IndexReader, I figured I can just
call incRef() when using a cached IndexReader and then call close() or let MultiReader call
close() on it once it is done. The problem is only the first close() calls decRef(),subsequent
calls do nothing, and if there were multiple incRef() calls, the IndexReader ends up being
left open.

I thought of using decRef() instead of close() but MultiReader doesn’t have an option of
calling decRef() on subreaders, only close().

The following change to IndexReader.close() fixes the problem:

  public final synchronized void close() throws IOException {
    if (refCount.get() > 0) {

It seems more logical. Also it is now consistent with ensureOpen() method.

Am I missing something here? Is there a good reason to prevent close() from doing anything
after the first call even if the IndexReader was not actually closed? Does it even need to
be synchronized if decRef() does all the work?



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