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From "Olson, Ron" <>
Subject RE: Determine which field term was found?
Date Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:36:30 GMT
Hmm, okay, well, if that's the way it works, then I'll loop through the arrays, as the query
is pretty much as described.

Related to what you said about how lucene works, do you think this is functionality something
worth opening an enhancement request for, or is it such a tiny corner-case as to not be worth

Thanks a lot for the help!


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Yonik Seeley
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 4:27 PM
Subject: Re: Determine which field term was found?

On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 4:47 PM, Olson, Ron <> wrote:
> Is there an easy way to find out which field matched a term in an OR query using Solr?
I have a document with names in two multi-valued fields and I am searching for "Smith", using
the query "A_NAMES:smith OR B_NAMES:smith". I figure I could loop through both result arrays,
but that seems weird to me to have to search again for the value in a result.

That's pretty much the way lucene currently works - you don't know
what fields match a query.
If the query is simple, looping over the returned stored fields is
probably your best bet.

There are a couple other tricks you could use (although they are not
necessarily better):
1) with grouping by query (a trunk feature) you can essentially return
both queries with one request:
  and optionally add a "group.query=A_NAMES:smith OR B_NAMES:smith" if
you need the combined list
2) use pseudo-fields (also trunk) in conjunction with the termfreq
function (the number of times a term appears in a field).  This
obviously only works with term queries.
  You can use parameter substitution to pull out the actual term and
simplify the query:


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