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From Erick Erickson <>
Subject Re: which solrconfig.xml
Date Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:08:41 GMT

Right, the problem with Google searches (as you well know) is that you
get random snippets from all over the place, ones that often assume
some background knowledge.

There are several good books around that tend to have things arranged
progressively that might be a good investment, here's a good one:

and searching "apache solr" on Amazon turns up a bunch of others.


On Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 4:43 AM, Mark Fenbers <> wrote:
> Chris,
> The document "Uploading Structured Data Store Data with the Data Import
> Handler" has a number of references to solrconfig.xml, starting on Page 2
> and continuing on page 3 in the section "Configuring solrconfig.xml".  It
> also is mentioned on Page 5 in the "Property Writer" and the "Data Sources"
> sections.  And other places in this document as well.
> The solrconfig.xml file is also referenced (without a path) in the "Solr
> Quick Start" document, in the Design Overview section and other sections as
> well.  None of these references suggests the location of the solrconfig.xml
> file.  Doing a "find . -name solrconfig.xml" from the Solr home directory
> reveals about a dozen or so of these files in various subdirectories.  Thus,
> my confusion as to which one I need to customize...
> I feel ready to graduate from the examples in "Solr Quick Start" document,
> e.g., using bin/solr -e dih and have fed in existing files on disk.  The
> tutorial was *excellent* for this part.  But now I want to build a "real"
> index using *my own* data from a database.  In doing this, I find the
> coaching in the tutorial to be rather absent.  For example, I haven't read
> in any of the documents I have found so far an explanation of why one might
> want to use more than one Solr node and more than one shard, or what the
> advantages are of using Solr in cloud mode vs stand-alone mode.  As a
> result, I had to improvise/guess/trial-and-error.  I did manage to configure
> my own data source and changed my queries to apply to my own data, but I did
> something wrong somewhere in solrconfig.xml because I get errors when
> running, now.  I solved some of them by copying the *.jar files from the
> ./dist directory to the solr/lib directory (a tip I found when I googled the
> error message), but that only helped to a certain point.
> I will post more specific questions about my issues when I have a chance to
> re-investigate that (hopefully later today).
> I have *not* found specific Java code examples using Solr yet, but I haven't
> exhausted exploring the Solr website yet.  Hopefully, I'll find some
> examples using Solr in Java code...
> Mark
> On 9/2/2015 9:51 PM, Chris Hostetter wrote:
>> : various $HOME/solr-5.3.0 subdirectories.  The documents/tutorials say to
>> edit
>> : the solrconfig.xml file for various configuration details, but they
>> never say
>> : which one of these dozen to edit.  Moreover, I cannot determine which
>> version
>> can you please give us a specific examples (ie: urls, page numbers &
>> version of the ref guide, etc...) of documentation that tell you to edit
>> the solrconfig.xml w/o being explicit about where to to find it so that we
>> can fix the docs?
>> FWIW: The official "Quick Start" tutorial does not mention editing
>> solrconfig.xml at all...
>> -Hoss

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