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From Trejkaz <>
Subject Re: Upgrading Lucene 4 index to 5 doesn't update it - for just some indices
Date Mon, 06 Jul 2015 07:36:06 GMT
On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 4:32 PM, Uwe Schindler <> wrote:
> Hi,
> It could be the reason for this is your classpath:
> If you load all Lucene Versions into the same classloader (but with different package
names - I assume you use Maven Shade plugin to do this), Lucene 3 will load perfectly, yes;
Lucene 4 will also load perfectly, yes! But when it tries to load Lucene 5, it will fail to
load all shipped codecs. Codecs are not identified by their Java package name, but by the
symbolic name (like "Lucene50") as written into the index. The SPI interface of Lucene will
load all codecs from classpath and save them in a lookup map based on the symbolic name. If
the Lucene 4 JAR file are placed before Lucene 5 JARs, the "slots" for codec names are already
taken (because the Lucene 5 loader will see the Lucene 4 codecs first), so loading Lucene
5 variants of old codecs is a no-op. This may cause those problems, because Lucene 5 ships
with "modified" versions of the old Lucene 4 codecs - but they are not identical.
> You can only workaround by loading the Lucene JARs into completely different classloaders
(don't forget to also set context classloader!). In that case you would not even need to change
package names!

Actually, because I did prefix the names, the SPI filenames are also
prefixed too. So I have the file:


And then inside that:


And of course, for Lucene 4, this is being loaded by

So maybe they won't clash after all.

If I found Lucene using "org.apache.lucene" in string constants, I
could have updated that as well. :)

I did identify some other problems during the day:
- segment-less indices don't get upgraded. (raised LUCENE-6658)
- I had a logic flip bug in the version determination code. (explained
one of those cases where it said it didn't upgrade it, but not all of
- segment info version bumped to 5 which I had treated as an error,
but oh well, I decided to stay on the side of safety with that.

I'm hoping that the segment-less index issue is the underlying cause
of the few remaining failures on my end.


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