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From Grant Ingersoll <>
Subject Response Writers and DocLists
Date Mon, 17 Aug 2009 22:00:49 GMT
I'm looking a little bit at 
  and some of the other "pseudo-field" capabilities and am curious how  
the various Response Writers are handling writing out the Docs.  The  
XMLWriter seems to have a very different approach from the others when  
it comes to dealing with multi-valued fields (it sorts first, the  
others don't.)  Does anyone know the history here?

Also, I'm thinking about having a real simple interface that would  
allow for, when materializing the Fields, to pass in something like a  
DocumentModifier, which would basically get the document right before  
it is to be returned (possibly inside the SolrIndexReader, but maybe  
this even belongs at the Lucene level similar to the FieldSelector,  
although it is likely too late for 2.9.)  Through this DocModifier,  
one could easily add fields, etc.

Part of what I think needs to be addressed here is that currently, in  
order to add fields, for instance, LocalSolr does this, one needs to  
iterate over the DocList (or SolrDocList) multiple times.   
SolrPluginUtils.docListtoSolrDocList attempts to help, but it still  
requires a double loop.  The tricky part here is that one often needs  
to have context when modifying the Document that the Response Writer's  
simply do not have, so you end up writing a SearchComponent to do it  
and thus iterating multiple times.

I know this is a bit stream of conscience, but thought I would get it  
out there a little bit to see what others thought.


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