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From "MOIS Martin (MORPHO)" <>
Subject Replication and soft commits for NRT searches
Date Mon, 12 Oct 2015 08:01:41 GMT

I am running Solr 5.2.1 in a cluster with 6 nodes. My collections have been created with replicationFactor=2,
i.e. I have one replica for each shard. Beyond that I am using autoCommit/maxDocs=10000 and
autoSoftCommits/maxDocs=1 in order to achieve near realtime search behavior.

As far as I understand from section "Write Side Fault Tolerance" in the documentation (,
I cannot enforce that an update gets replicated to all replicas, but I can only get the achieved
replication factor by requesting the return value rf.

My question is now, what exactly does rf=2 mean? Does it only mean that the replica has written
the update to its transaction log? Or has the replica also performed the soft commit as configured
with autoSoftCommits/maxDocs=1? The answer is important for me, as if the update would only
get written to the transaction log, I could not search for it reliable, as the replica may
not have added it to the searchable index.

My second question is, does rf=1 mean that the update was definitely not successful on the
replica or could it also represent a timeout of the replication request from the shard leader?
If it could also represent a timeout, then there would be a small chance that the replication
was successfully despite of the timeout.

Is there a way to retrieve the replication factor for a specific document after the update
in order to check if replication was successful in the meantime?

Thanks in advance.

Best Regards,
Martin Mois
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