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From "Michael McCandless (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENE-4498) pulse docfreq=1 DOCS_ONLY for 4.1 codec
Date Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:12:12 GMT


Michael McCandless commented on LUCENE-4498:

> pulse docfreq=1 DOCS_ONLY for 4.1 codec
> ---------------------------------------
>                 Key: LUCENE-4498
>                 URL:
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: core/codecs
>            Reporter: Robert Muir
> We have pulsing codec, but currently this has some downsides:
> * its very general, wrapping an arbitrary postingsformat and pulsing everything in the
postings for an arbitrary docfreq/totalTermFreq cutoff
> * reuse is hairy: because it specializes its enums based on these cutoffs, when walking
thru terms e.g. merging there is a lot of sophisticated stuff to avoid the worst cases where
we clone indexinputs for tons of terms.
> On the other hand the way the 4.1 codec encodes "primary key" fields is pretty silly,
we write the docStartFP vlong in the term dictionary metadata, which tells us where to seek
in the .doc to read our one lonely vint.
> I think its worth investigating that in the DOCS_ONLY docfreq=1 case, we just write the
lone doc delta where we would write docStartFP. 
> We can avoid the hairy reuse problem too, by just supporting this in refillDocs() in
BlockDocsEnum instead of specializing.
> This would remove the additional seek for "primary key" fields without really any of
the downsides of pulsing today.

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