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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: BooleanQuery
Date Tue, 01 Nov 2005 13:34:11 GMT

On 1 Nov 2005, at 08:17, Michael D. Curtin wrote:
> tcorbet wrote:
>> I have an index over the titles to .mp3 songs.
>> It is not unreasonable for the user to want to
>> see the results from:  "Show me Everything".
>> I understand that title:* is not a valid wildcard query.
>> I understand that title:[a* TO z*] is a valid wildcard query.
>> What I cannot understand is this behavior which
>> throws no exceptions:
>> title:[a* TO z*] returns 0 hits.
>> title [a* TO m*] OR [n* TO z*] returns *almost* the
>> correct answer -- one title [of approximately 1200] is missing.
>> title:[a* TO m*] OR [m* TO z*] correctly returns
>> all the available titles.
> What I have done in a case like this is short-circuit the search  
> for an empty query and just read the documents out of the index, in  
> order. That is, I don't really run a search in this case.  It's  
> only a few lines of extra code, and you don't have to retrieve  
> every document in the index until you need them.  Using a  
> workaround query as in your example causes Lucene to examine every  
> document in the index before returning you any.  Good luck!

In the trunk of Lucene's codebase (and in the upcoming 1.9/2.0  
releases), there is a new MatchAllDocsQuery.  Just FYI.


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