Search is temporarily out of order

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Search is temporarily out of order

Unread post by Wain » Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:27 am

I'm currently rebuilding our board's search index, which is why search won't work currently. I'm just unsure how long it's going to take, so when it became obvious it might take a few hours I decided to post.

The reason I'm doing this is because the old search was too restrictive and counted a lot of useful search terms as "too common" to allow. Like, you couldn't even search for "spirit beast" :P Hopefully the allowed search terms will be a bit broader after the rebuild.
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Re: Search is temporarily out of order

Unread post by GormanGhaste » Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:22 am

Thanks Wain, looking forward to it!
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Re: Search is temporarily out of order

Unread post by Wain » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:12 am

It's apparently still going. Which makes me think it's actually not working, though we have nearly 600 000 posts for it to index!

I'll leave it overnight (here in Australia) and if it's not done in the morning I'll stop it and look at switching to a different search backend.
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Re: Search is temporarily out of order

Unread post by Wain » Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:46 am

It apparently worked, or at least 99% worked. It was still running this morning, so I cancelled it but it said it had indexed all but a few hundred posts (out of nearly 600 000). So, search may miss those posts (whatever they are), but I suspect they're particularly large or troublesome ones anyway and were probably causing the indexing to hang.

One current issue with the new search backend is that the minimum word length is now 4 characters, instead of 3. That isn't a huge deal, but means it won't search for some relevant terms, like 'cat' and 'dog'. I'll see if that can be fixed.
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