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From Mark Miller <>
Subject Re: Problem using wildcardsearch in phrase search
Date Sun, 13 May 2007 14:12:20 GMT
I do not know enough about PhraseQuery to say how hard it would be to 
add support for wildcards, but I am sure there is some method of doing 
it -- it has just not been done. From what I can tell it would be easier 
to stop using PhraseQuery and use SpanQuery's if you wanted to do this. 
Maybe someone more knowledgeable about PhraseQuery could elaborate on 
some of the difficulties of adding wildcard support...then again I think 
you may find discussion of this if you search the archives.

- Mark

Paul Taylor wrote:
> Mark Miller wrote:
>> You cannot use wildcards in quotes simply because the QueryParser 
>> syntax does not look for such the top level it is either 
>> looking for a Wildcard token OR a Quoted token. There is good reason 
>> for this: a phrase query does not support wildcards.
> OK thanks for all the info, as I said previously I worked round the 
> problem so I dont need to do any coding, but the obvious followup 
> question to above is:Why don't Phrase queries support wildcards, does 
> it not just not make sense, or has it just not been done yet, as i 
> said before there is nothing in the query syntax documentation to 
> indicate it isnt supported.
> thanks paul
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