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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: MultiFieldQueryParser default operator
Date Thu, 30 Oct 2003 15:03:33 GMT
It was posted on lucene-dev, not lucene-user.  I've pasted it below.

I will be fixing this at some point in the near future based on this 
fix and other related ones needed.


On Thursday, October 30, 2003, at 09:31  AM, Otis Gospodnetic wrote:
> I believe a person just sent an email with a solution yesterday or the
> day before.  Look for a message with MultiFieldQueryParser in its
> Subject.
> Otis
> --- Maurice Coyle <> wrote:
>> are there any plans to implement some sort of
>> MultiFieldQueryParser.setOperator(int) method so folk can search
>> using AND
>> by default?
>> or has anyone worked around the lack of such a method and managed to
>> search
>> over multiple fields using a default-AND query?


From: Bernhard Messer <>
Date: Wed Oct 29, 2003  11:27:02  AM US/Eastern
To: Lucene Developers List <>
Subject: MultiFieldQueryParser, can't change default search operator
Reply-To: "Lucene Developers List" <>

hi all,

just played around with the MultiFieldQueryParser and didn't find a 
working way to change the "operator" value.

The problem is that MultiFieldQueryParser is implementing two public 
static methods "parse" only. Calling one of those, in the extended 
superclass, the static method implementation for "parse" is called. Due 
to the fact that the QueryParser class creates a new Instance for each 
call thru the static method, the "operator" flag is simply ignored.

There would be a simple fix within MultiFieldQueryParser class without 
touching the rest of the system. One have to add a new non static 
method "parse" which could look like this:

public Query parse(String query, String[] fields) throws ParseException 
        BooleanQuery bQuery = new BooleanQuery();

        for (int i = 0; i < fields.length; i++)
            QueryParser parser = new QueryParser(fields[i], analyzer);
            Query q = parser.parse(query);
            bQuery.add(q, false, false);
        return bQuery;

To test the new implementation, following code fragment can be used:

            Directory directory = 
FSDirectory.getDirectory("/tmp/idx-test", false);
            Analyzer analyzer = new SimpleAnalyzer();
            Searcher searcher = new IndexSearcher(directory);
            Hits hits = null;
                      String[] fields = { "contents", "title" };
            MultiFieldQueryParser parser = new 
MultiFieldQueryParser("britney spears", analyzer);
                              Query query = parser.parse("britney 
spears", fields);
                      System.out.println("Query: " + query.toString());
                      hits =;

            System.out.println ("Results: " + hits.length());

best regards


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