How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

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easy_bd_infra
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How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

Hello,

I'm testing full text search (FTS) with Alfresco 6.0.7-ga and I have found that the "phrase search" (Search for a phrase | Alfresco Documentation ) is not what I expected.

Our users want to be able to search:

  • for approximate terms: the put the words without quotes and the search is approximate. If they search intelligence, they will find documents with intelligence, intelligent, etc.
  • exact search: they put the words between quotes and they expect to get the exact words in the exact order. If they search for "are animals intelligent", they don't expect to find documents with the text "animal intelligence"

Obviously we will adapt the search performed by the user to the Alfresco syntax.

I've been playing with the exact term search (Search for an exact term | Alfresco Documentation ) but I'm not able to make it work.

How can I do an exact-exact phrase search?

I've tried combinations of quotes("), apostrophe('), back-slash apostrophe (\') and exact search (=), but none seems to work in either "share general search" or "CMIS FTS search".

Thanks in advance,

Jordi Boixadera.

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Re: How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

Are you using Alfresco in a cross locale environment? Do you have documents in different languages? Are your users accessing from browsers or OSs with different locales?

Software Engineer in Alfresco Search Team.
easy_bd_infra
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Re: How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

Yes, we have enabled cross-locale in SOLR.

Yes, mainly we have documents in Spanish and Catalan, but we can have documents in English and French.

Our corporate computers and browsers have Catalan as the default language.

Re: How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

I have created a sample configuration (ES and EN) locales at GitHub - aborroy/search-services-cross-locale: Alfresco Search Services deployment for Cross Locale ... 

I tested different sentence searching terms, like "are animals intelligent" and it works as expected. 

FTS Searching Sintax (to be included in Share search box and other APIs) is described at Alfresco Full Text Search Reference | Alfresco Documentation 

Let me know if it works for you.

Software Engineer in Alfresco Search Team.
easy_bd_infra
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Re: How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

Hi Angel,

sorry for the delay.

I have re-tested the searches.

Searches seem to be exact on my custom type (premsa:Noticia) and non-exact in cmis:document.

The results are the same using or not using quotes.

These are the results I get:

  • select * FROM cmis:document where contains('crisis') . returns 9 hits:
    • 6 cmis:document, 4 of which only contain "crisi" and 2 of which only contain "crisis"
    • 3 premsa:Noticia which only contain the word "crisis".
  • select * FROM cmis:document where contains('crisi'). returns 21 hits:
    • 6 cmis:document of the previous search
    • 15 premsa:Noticia which only contain the word "crisi".

After that, I have download 2 documents of premsa:Noticia (one with "crisi" and one with "crisis") and uploaded them as cmis:document and now these 2 new cmis:documents appear in both queries.

Why do I get these results? Does cmis:document have a special configuration?

Regards,

Jordi.

Re: How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

We have an open issue for this use case:

https://issues.alfresco.com/jira/browse/SEARCH-1585 

Exact term search is not working currently.

Software Engineer in Alfresco Search Team.
easy_bd_infra
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Re: How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

Hi, I'm trying to access the issue you link, but I think I don't have permissions to see it.

Can I ask to have access? Who gives this access?

Thanks

Re: How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

Sorry for the inconvenience, I'm trying to move it internally to provide public access. Probably it can take a while...

Software Engineer in Alfresco Search Team.
easy_bd_infra
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Re: How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

Hi, have you managed to get a public access for the issue?

Thanks,

Jordi.

Re: How to perform FTS exact-exact phrase searches in Alfresco 6?

Nope by now. Sorry. I'm still trying...

Software Engineer in Alfresco Search Team.