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From "Uwe Schindler" <>
Subject RE: Document not searchable after IndexWrite.updateDocument
Date Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:11:21 GMT

the problem is that a document retrieved by IndexReader.document() only contains stored fields
and no indexed fields (they rae no longer accessible from the index). Also, the field types
only contain "stored" as attribute, so when reindexing with IndexWriter you just create a
document with stored fields but no indexed fields.

Because of this common error, in Lucene 5.0 it is no longer possible to do this; the API will
prevent it. IndexReader.document() will return a different class than IndexWriter accepts
(StoredDocument vs. IndexDocument).

To correctly implement this, make sure:
- All fields must be stored (or use a special field which contains a representation of the
whole document in its orginal form, like XML or JSON). This is how e.g. ElasticSearch handles
- Get the stored field(s) from IndexWriter
- Create a *new* document instance where you reconstruct the document including all stored/indexed
flags (e.g. from the special XML/JSON field). 
- Index the new instance


Uwe Schindler
H.-H.-Meier-Allee 63, D-28213 Bremen

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sanket Paranjape []
> Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:51 PM
> To:
> Subject: Document not searchable after IndexWrite.updateDocument
> Hi,
> I wrote a simple code to update a lucene document with new values.
> Code Snippet:
>     Term term = new Term("PRODUCT_CODE", productCode);
>     TermQuery query = new TermQuery(term);
>     TopDocs productDoc =, 1);
>     int docNum = scoreDoc.doc;
>     Document doc = searcher.getIndexReader().document(docNum);
>     doc.removeField("PRICE");
>     doc.add(new LongField("PRICE", Long.valueOf(price), Field.Store.YES));
>     this.writer.updateDocument(term, doc);
> As per docs, updateDocument would delete the existing document and
> create a new document. This works as expected.
> Problem is if I search by product code then I am able to find the document in
> luke. But If I apply BoolanQuery with RangeQuery, product code and few
> other queries then this document is not found.
> I am using Lucene 4.4 version with Faceted Search.

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