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  1. Lucene - Core
  2. LUCENE-1478

Missing possibility to supply custom FieldParser when sorting search results


    • Improvement
    • Status: Closed
    • Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • 2.4
    • 2.9
    • core/search
    • None
    • New, Patch Available


      When implementing the new TrieRangeQuery for contrib (LUCENE-1470), I was confronted by the problem that the special trie-encoded values (which are longs in a special encoding) cannot be sorted by Searcher.search() and SortField. The problem is: If you use SortField.LONG, you get NumberFormatExceptions. The trie encoded values may be sorted using SortField.String (as the encoding is in such a way, that they are sortable as Strings), but this is very memory ineffective.

      ExtendedFieldCache gives the possibility to specify a custom LongParser when retrieving the cached values. But you cannot use this during searching, because there is no possibility to supply this custom LongParser to the SortField.

      I propose a change in the sort classes:
      Include a pointer to the parser instance to be used in SortField (if not given use the default). My idea is to create a SortField using a new constructor

      SortField(String field, int type, Object parser, boolean reverse)

      The parser is "object" because all current parsers have no super-interface. The ideal solution would be to have:

      SortField(String field, int type, FieldCache.Parser parser, boolean reverse)

      and FieldCache.Parser is a super-interface (just empty, more like a marker-interface) of all other parsers (like LongParser...). The sort implementation then must be changed to respect the given parser (if not NULL), else use the default FieldCache.getXXXX without parser.


        1. LUCENE-1478-no-superinterface.patch
          13 kB
          Uwe Schindler
        2. LUCENE-1478.patch
          31 kB
          Uwe Schindler
        3. LUCENE-1478.patch
          31 kB
          Uwe Schindler
        4. LUCENE-1478.patch
          32 kB
          Uwe Schindler
        5. LUCENE-1478.patch
          34 kB
          Michael McCandless
        6. LUCENE-1478.patch
          37 kB
          Michael McCandless
        7. LUCENE-1478-cleanup.patch
          3 kB
          Uwe Schindler

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              mikemccand Michael McCandless
              uschindler Uwe Schindler
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