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From Simon Willnauer <>
Subject Re: Combine WildcardQuerys
Date Tue, 22 Dec 2009 13:22:00 GMT
Hi Claudio,
your query setup is fine for what you trying to do but as you are
using wildcards lucene internally rewrites your wildcardquery again
into another boolean query containing every term starting with your
prefix "b". if you use such a small prefix lucene will likely create
tons of boolean clauses one for each term starting with your prefix.
Yet, booleanQuery has a limitation (maxclausecount) that will trigger
the exception you are facing once you hit the clause count limit. You
can try to raise the limit in booleanquery but you will very likely
end up with a bad search performance.
Lucene 2.9 provides alternative rewritemethods for multitermqueries
like WildCardQuery that perform way better then the plain boolean
rewrite method. To achieve faster wildcardqueries you will end up with
a constant score instead of the normal lucene score a booleanquery
would create. So each hit will have the same constant score assigned
for your WildCardQuery.

Look at for details.

hope that helps


On 12/22/09, Claudio Deluca <> wrote:
> Hello,
> We currenty have implemeted a search for person by surname and forename with
> lucene 2.4.1.
> If both seach fields are filled, then we combine the WildcardQuerys in a
> BooleanQuery.
> *
> BooleanQuery theQuery = new BooleanQuery();
> theQuery.add(new WildcardQuery(new Term("surname", "foo")), Occur.MUST);
> theQuery.add(new WildcardQuery(new Term("forename", "b*")), Occur.MUST);*
> *LuceneSearcherFactory theSearcherFactory =
> LuceneSearcherFactory.getInstance();
> Searcher theSearcher = theSearcherFactory.getSearcher();
> theRewritten = theSearcher.rewrite(theQuery);
> *In the database there is exactly one Person with surname "foo". When i
> comment the second term (forename) search works fine.
> If i run search including term "forename" "b*", the Searcher throws an
> TooManyClauses Exception white trying to rewrite the Query.
> While rewriting the searcher seems to find too many possibilities for
> forenames beginning with "b".
> How do i have to combine the terms so that lucene search works properly?
> Thanks,
> Claudio

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