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From Erick Erickson <>
Subject Re: Lucene/Solr
Date Tue, 06 Dec 2011 18:51:25 GMT
If you're not using Drupal, understand that Solr is an *engine*, not a full
application. You download solr from the website and install it, which is
just basically unpacking it and executing "ant -jar start.jar". From there
you send documents to Solr (there are a number of ways to accomplish

OK, now you have data in the system. You then fire queries via HTTP
requests and get back XML (or JSON, or PHP-friendly or RUBY friendly)
output. At this point, your application has to take that data and form it into
whatever is necessary to interact with the user.

Your best bet would be to follow the tutorial. Here's the top-level Solr
Here's the tutorial:

I suspect that once you've worked through some of that, you'll have
more questions and we can go from there.


On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:45 PM, Peter Wolanin <> wrote:
> Assuming you are using Drupal for the website, you can have Solr set
> up and integrated with Drupal in < 5 minutes for local development
> purposes.
> See: for a pre-configured download.
> -Peter
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 11:46 AM, Achebe, Ike, JCL
> <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> My name is Ike Achebe and I am a Developer Analyst with the Johnson County Library.
 I'm actually researching better and less expensive alternatives to "Google Appliance Search
" , which is currently our search engine.  Fortunately, I have come across a variety of blogs
recommending Lucene/Solr  as one of the best if not the best open source search engine.
>> Fortunately, I have read a few articles and documentations about Solr, however ,
I'm still in awe as to how to go about installing and integrating this search engine.
>> Could you in simple terms intimate me on how to go about acquiring or subscribing
to solr?
>> Thank You.
>> Sincerely,
>> Ike Achebe
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