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From "Noble Paul (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (SOLR-614) Allow components to read any kind of XML from solrconfig
Date Sun, 27 Jul 2008 17:58:31 GMT


Noble Paul commented on SOLR-614:

bq.perhaps I'm missing something... where/how does this get rid of any XPath? Within a NamedListInitalizedPlugin,
the plugin writer does not have access to the Node and can't use it anyway? The plugin writer
just has access to a NamedList. 

The NamedList instance contains everything you can add in an xml. so no more XPath needed
For instance ,the UpdateprocessorChain coud have easily been a NamedListInitializedPlugin
. All we need to do is add a method to SolrConfig#getNodeAsNamedList(String xpath). All components
can start from there. (of cource the first xpath cannot be avoided)

bq.Yes, the latter is better looking, but considering that folks are already forced to use
the former, it seems wrong (and asking for trouble) mix and match.

We are *not* changing anything here. 

<lst name="defaults"><str name="echoParams">explicit</str></lst>
is not same as 
<defaults echoParams="explicit" />

Unless the component writer explicitly changes his code (which I am not recommending now)
The use case is as follows

For instance in SOLR-561 I do not wish to keep this configuration
<requestHandler name="/replication" class="solr.ReplicationHandler" >
    <lst name="master">
        <!--Replicate on 'optimize' it can also be  'commit' -->
        <str name="replicateAfter">commit</str>
        <!--Config files to be to be replicated-->
         <str name="confFiles">schema.xml,stopwords.txt,elevate.xml</str>    
         <str name="snapShootAfter">optimize</str>          
         <str name="snapDir">/user/datadir</str>          

I wish to have a configuration
<requestHandler name="/replication" class="solr.ReplicationHandler" >
    <master replicateAfter="commit" 
                   snapShootAfter="optimize" snapDir="/user/datadir"/>

But ,it is not possible w/o resorting to xpath . This is not going to be a part of Solr1.3.
But it may be deployed in our organization as an addon feature. 

The second usecase is components like UpdateHandler , UpdateRequestProcessor etc. which already
has a syntax that is clean. They can cleanup their java code with no xpath

> Allow components to read any kind of XML from solrconfig
> --------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: SOLR-614
>                 URL:
>             Project: Solr
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 1.3
>            Reporter: Noble Paul
>            Assignee: Shalin Shekhar Mangar
>            Priority: Trivial
>             Fix For: 1.3
>         Attachments: SOLR-614.patch, SOLR-614.patch, SOLR-614.patch
> All the components initialized by Solr have an init(NamedList args) initializer. This
leads us to writing the configuration needed for the component in the NamedList xml format.
People familiar with Solr may know the format but most of what is written is noise than information.
For users who are not familiar w/ the format find it too difficult to understand why they
have to write it this way. Moreover , it is not a very efficient way to configure .

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