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From David Kramer <>
Subject Solr querying nested documents with ChildDocTransformerFactory, get “Parent query yields document which is not matched by parents filter”
Date Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:29:11 GMT

Some background:
·         The data involved is catalog data, with three nested objects: Products, Items,
and Skus, in that order. We have a docType field on each record as a differentiator.
·         The "id" field in our data is unique within datatype, but not across datatypes.
We added a "uuid" field in our program that generates the Solr import file that is the id
prefixed by the first letter of the docType, like P12345. That makes the uuid field unique,
and we have that as the uniqueKey in our schema.xml.
·         We are trying to retrieve the parent Product, and all children documents. As such,
we are using the ChildDocTransformerFactory ([child...]) to retrieve the children along with
the parent. We have not yet solved the problem of getting items within SKUs as nested documents
in the results, and we will have to figure that out at some point, but for now we get them
·         We are building out the proof of concept for this. This is all new work, so we
are free to change a lot.
·         This is Solr 6.0.0, and we are importing in JSON format, if that matters
·         I submitted this question to StackOverflow<>
but haven’t gotten any answers yet.

Our data looks like this (I've removed some fields for simplicity):


  "id": 739063,

  "docType": "Product",

  "uuid": "P739063",

  "_childDocuments_": [


      "id": 1537378,

      "price": 25.45,

      "color": "Blush",

      "docType": "Item",

      "productId": 739063,

      "uuid": "I1537378",

      "_childDocuments_": [


          "id": 12799578,

          "size": "10",

          "width": "W",

          "docType": "Sku",

          "itemId": 1537378,

          "uuid": "S12799578"





The query to fetch all Products and their children nested inside them is q=docType:Product&fl=title,id,docType,[child
parentFilter=docType:Product]. When I run that query, all is well, and it returns the first
10 rows. However, if I fetch more rows by adding, say &rows=500, we get the error Parent
query yields document which is not matched by parents filter, docID=XXX.

When we first saw that error, we discovered our id field was not unique across document types,
so we added the uuid field as mentioned above, which is. we also added in our schema.xml file,
wiped the core, recreated it, and restarted Solr just to make sure it was in effect. We have
double checked and are sure that the uuid fields are unique.

In all the search results for that error that I've found, the OP did not have a field that
could differentiate the different document types, but as you see we do. Since both the query
and the parentFilter are searching for docType:Product I don't see how either could possibly
return anything but parents. We've also tried adding childFilter=docType:Item and childFilter=docType:Sku
but that did not help.  I also tried using title:* for the filter since only products have

Is there anything else we can try?

Any explanation of this?

Is it possible that it's not using uuid as the unique identifier even though it's specified
in the schema.xml, and would that even cause this?


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