Resolution: Won't Fix
Affects Version/s: 4.1, master
Fix Version/s: None
Component/s: Schema and Analysis
SOLR-1306. Having a solr.xml file is limiting and possibly unnecessary. We'd gain flexibility by having an "auto-discovery", essentially walking the directories and finding all the cores and just loading them.
Here's an issue to start the discussion of what that would look like. At this point the way I'm thinking about it depends on
SOLR-1306, which depends on SOLR-1028, so the chain is getting kind of long.
1> system properties can be specified as root paths in the solr tree to start discovery.
2> the directory walking process will stop going deep (but not wide) in the directories whenever a solrcore.properties file is encountered. That file can contain any of the properties currently specifiable in a <core> tag. This allows, for instance, re-use of a single solrconfig.xml or schema.xml file across multiple cores. I really dont want to get into having cores-within-cores. While this latter is possible, I don't see any advantage. You can have multiple roots and there's no requirement that the cores be in the directory immediately below that root they can be arbitrarily deep.
3> I'm not quite sure what to do with the various properties in the <cores> tag. Perhaps just require these to be system properties?
4> Notice the title. Does it still make sense to specify <3> in solr.xml but ignore the cores stuff? It seems like so little information will be in solr.xml if we take all the <core> tags out that we should just kill it all together.
5> Not quite sure what this means for where the cores live. Is it arbitrary? Anywyere on disk? Why not?
6> core swapping/renaming/whatever. Really, this is about how we model persist="true" on solr.xml. It's easy if we keep solr.xml and just remove the individual core entries. Where to put them?
7> if we're supposed to persist core admin operations, it seems like we just persist this stuff to the individual solrcore.properties files. Things like whether it's loaded, whether its name has changed (1028 allows lazy loading).
8> This still provide the capability of your own custom CoreDescriptorProvider, which you'll have to specify somehow. I'm not quite sure where yet.
solr.xml is really the bootstrap for the whole shootin' match. Removing it entirely means we have to specify root directories, zk parameters, whatever somehow. What do people think is the best option here? Leave a degenerate solr.xml? Require system properties be set for any of these options? Currently, the options we'll need are anything (actual or proposed) in the <solr> and <cores> tags.
So, what the first cut at this would be, building on 1306, is a default CoreDescriptorProvider that ignored all the <core> entries in solr.xml, walked the tree and loaded all the cores found. I claim this is a quick thing to PoC assuming
SOLR-1306 and I'll try to provide a patch demonstrating it over the weekend.
But mostly, this is a place to start the discussion about what this would look like rather than have it get lost in
finally, note that I have no intention of putting any of this into 4.x at least until we cut the 4.1/4.0.1 whatever.
And, of course, until we fully deprecate solr.xml (5.0?) the current behavior will be the default.