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From Mark Bramer <>
Subject i'm a newb: questions about schema.xml
Date Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:57:45 GMT

I'm a Solr newb.  I've been poking around for several days on my own test instance, and also
online at the info available.  But one thing just isn't jiving and I can't put my finger on
why.  I've searched many many times but I don't see what I'm looking for, so I'm thinking
perhaps I have a fundamental semantic misunderstanding of something somewhere.  Everywhere
I read, everyone talks about schema.xml and how important is.  I fully get what it's for but
I don't get where it is, how it's used (by me), how I edit it, and how I create new indexes
once I've edited it.

I've installed, and am successfully running, solr 5.0.0 on Linux.  I've followed the widely
recommended-by-all quick start at:  I get through
it fine, I post a bunch of stuff, I use the web UI to query for, and see, data I would expect
to see.  Should I now have a schema.xml file somewhere that is somehow connected to my new
index?  If so, where is it?  Was it present from install or did it get created when I made
my first core (bin/solr create -c ati_docs)?

[root@machine solr-5.0.0]# find -name schema.xml
[root@machine solr-5.0.0]#

Is it the one in /configsets/basic_configs/conf?  Is that the "default" one?

If I want to 'modify' schema.xml to do some different indexing/analyzing, how do I start?
 Make a copy of that schema.xml, move it somewhere else and modify it?  If so, how do I create
a new index using this schema.xml?

Or am I running in "schemaless" mode?  I don't think I am because it appears that I would
have to specifically state this as a command line parameter, i.e. bin/solr start -e schemaless

What fundamentals am I missing?  I'm coming to Solr from Elasticsearch, and I've already recognized
some differences.  Is my ES background clouding my grasp of Solr fundamentals?

Thanks for any help.

Mark Bramer | Technical Team Lead, DC Services
Esri | 8615 Westwood Center Dr | Vienna, VA 22182 | USA
T 703 506 9515 x8017 |<> |

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