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  • Anders Brännmark 226 posts 277 karma points
    Apr 26, 2011 @ 22:16
    Anders Brännmark

    Examine, search thru a number of index fields, combine into one index field instead?

    I'm building a custom search with Examine and now I need to "free text" search thru a number of index fields.

    If a user searches for "test" and "item" the search need to search all index fields and match both search terms across the fields. Doing this with code seams messy so I thought of defining a custom index field that combines all the needed index fields into one using the GatheringNodeData event.

    Any input? Is the combined index field a bad idea? Need to combine 8-10 index field into one to achive this. The site is going to have around 7000-8000 content items thats going to be indexed if that makes any diff for avoiding the combined index field...


  • Ismail Mayat 4511 posts 10090 karma points MVP 2x admin c-trib
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 10:10
    Ismail Mayat


    The lucene in action book recommends one combined field also the old umbSearch used to have combined field as well as separate fields. In all my examine indexes i also have one combined field but also have the separate fields i do the search on the combined have it running on a site with couple thousand nodes including pdf content index injected in (this was before the latest examine which allows cross index searching so i did a fudge of injecting pdf content from content index into my content index) see



  • Anders Brännmark 226 posts 277 karma points
    Apr 27, 2011 @ 10:32
    Anders Brännmark

    I was planning on keeping the orginal fields also so one can search specificly against them also. Thanks for you input Ismail, a combined field and keeping the orginals it will be.


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