Affects Version/s: 4.0-ALPHA
Fix Version/s: None
LUCENE-3490, we reorganized the codec model, and a key part of this is that Codecs are "safer"
and don't rely upon client-side configuration: IndexReader doesn't take Codec or anything of that
nature, only IndexWriter.
Instead for "read" all codecs are initialized from the classpath via a no-arg ctor from Java's
Service Provider Mechanism.
So, although Codecs can still take parameters in the constructors, be subclassable, etc (for passing
to IndexWriter), this enforces that they must write any configuration information they need into
the index, so that we don't have a flimsy API.
I think we should go even further, for additional safety. Any methods on our concrete codecs that
are not intended to be subclassed should be final, and we should add assertions to verify this.
For example, SimpleText's files() implementation should be final. If you want to make an extension
of simpletext that has additional files, then this is a different index format and should have a
Note: This doesn't stop extensibility, only stupid mistakes.
For example, this means that Lucene40Codec's postingsFormat() implementation is final, even though
it offers a configurable "hook" (getPostingsFormatForField) for you to specify per-field postings
formats (which it writes into a .per file into the index, so that it knows how to read each field).