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  1. Lucene - Core
  2. LUCENE-5336

Add a simple QueryParser to parse human-entered queries.


    • Type: Improvement
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: Major
    • Resolution: Fixed
    • Affects Version/s: None
    • Fix Version/s: 4.7, 6.0
    • Component/s: None
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      I would like to add a new simple QueryParser to Lucene that is designed to parse human-entered queries. This parser will operate on an entire entered query using a specified single field or a set of weighted fields (using term boost).

      All features/operations in this parser can be enabled or disabled depending on what is necessary for the user. A default operator may be specified as either 'MUST' representing 'and' or 'SHOULD' representing 'or.' The features/operations that this parser will include are the following:

      • AND specified as '+'
      • OR specified as '|'
      • NOT specified as '-'
      • PHRASE surrounded by double quotes
      • PREFIX specified as '*'
      • PRECEDENCE surrounded by '(' and ')'
      • WHITESPACE specified as ' ' '\n' '\r' and '\t' will cause the default operator to be used
      • ESCAPE specified as '\' will allow operators to be used in terms

      The key differences between this parser and other existing parsers will be the following:

      • No exceptions will be thrown, and errors in syntax will be ignored. The parser will do a best-effort interpretation of any query entered.
      • It uses minimal syntax to express queries. All available operators are single characters or pairs of single characters.
      • The parser is hand-written and in a single Java file making it easy to modify.


        1. LUCENE-5336.patch
          45 kB
          Jack Conradson
        2. LUCENE-5336.patch
          45 kB
          Jack Conradson
        3. LUCENE-5336.patch
          46 kB
          Robert Muir



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              jdconradson Jack Conradson
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