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From "Uwe Schindler (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LUCENE-6653) Cleanup TermToBytesRefAttribute
Date Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:28:04 GMT
Uwe Schindler created LUCENE-6653:

             Summary: Cleanup TermToBytesRefAttribute
                 Key: LUCENE-6653
             Project: Lucene - Core
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: modules/analysis
            Reporter: Uwe Schindler
            Assignee: Uwe Schindler
             Fix For: 5.3, Trunk

While working on LUCENE-6652, I figured out that there were so many test with wrongly implemented
TermsToBytesRefAttribute. In addition, the whole concept back from Lucene 4.0 was no longer
- We don't return the hash code anymore; it is calculated by BytesRefHash
- The interface is horrible to use. It tends to reuse the BytesRef instance but the whole
thing is not correct.

Instead we should remove the fillBytesRef() method from the interface and let getBytesRef()
populate and return the BytesRef. It does not matter if the attribute reuses the BytesRef
or returns a new one. It just get consumed like a standard CharTermAttribute. You get a BytesRef
and can use it until you call incrementToken().

As the TermsToBytesRefAttribute is marked experimental, I see no reason to change the semantics
to be more easy to understand and behave like all other attributes. I will add a note to the
backwards incompatible changes in Lucene 5.3.

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