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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: solr-ruby - qt parameter with Dismax.rb
Date Tue, 22 Jan 2008 03:36:39 GMT

My apologies for the belated reply.

On Jan 12, 2008, at 11:29 AM, Koji Sekiguchi wrote:
> I have the following request handler defined in solrconfig.xml:
> <requestHandler name="demo" class="solr.DisMaxRequestHandler" >
> <lst name="defaults">
> <str name="echoParams">explicit</str>
> <float name="tie">0.01</float>
> <str name="qf">
> body body_exact^2.0
> </str>
> <str name="fl">
> id,body,score
> </str>
> <str name="q.alt">*:*</str>
> <str name="hl">on</str>
> <str name="hl.fl">body</str>
> <str name="f.body.hl.fragsize">0</str>
> <str name="f.body.hl.alternateField">body</str>
> </lst>
> </requestHandler>
> To use the request handler, I'd like to specify qt=demo for Dismax.rb.
> However, I cannot find how to do it.

Here's the trick, to benefit from the parameter handling that  
Solr::Request::Dismax offers:

class DemoRequest < Solr::Request::Dismax
   def initialize(params)
     @query_type = "demo"

and even a unit test :)

   def test_demo
     f = => "whatever")
     assert_equal("demo", f.query_type)

Further, in general you can use solr-ruby's Solr::Connection#post  
method to call into most any Solr request handler, just adhering to  
the duck quacking that given here:

   def post(request)
     response = + "/" + request.handler,
                                 { "Content-Type" =>  
request.content_type })

     case response
     when Net::HTTPSuccess then response.body


So as long as the "request" object has #handler, #to_s, and  
#content_type methods.  You can see how these work with the simple  
Solr::Request::Base and Solr::Request::Select classes.

One nagging issue I have with the current solr-ruby design is with  
the Connection#send method, which requires parallel Request and  
Response classes, but if you want to build your own very simple  
request/response classes you could use Connection#send even easier.

Sorry if that last bit of trivia was too much (confusing) information  
- I just wanted to toss that out to show that it's actually not too  
much coding to do these custom requests to Solr.

I definitely can see making solr-ruby more amenable to your "demo"- 
like scenarios, as mapping custom request handlers in Solr is really  
the way to go for many reasons.


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