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NAME ^

Search::Xapian - Perl XS frontend to the Xapian C++ search library.

SYNOPSIS ^

  use Search::Xapian;

  my $db = Search::Xapian::Database->new( '[DATABASE DIR]' );
  my $enq = $db->enquire( '[QUERY TERM]' );

  printf "Running query '%s'\n", $enq->get_query()->get_description();

  my @matches = $enq->matches(0, 10);

  print scalar(@matches) . " results found\n";

  foreach my $match ( @matches ) {
    my $doc = $match->get_document();
    printf "ID %d %d%% [ %s ]\n", $match->get_docid(), $match->get_percent(), $doc->get_data();
  }

DESCRIPTION ^

This module wraps most methods of most Xapian classes. The missing classes and methods should be added in the future. It also provides a simplified, more 'perlish' interface - as demonstrated above.

The Xapian library is evolving very quickly at the time of writing, hence any documentation placed here would be likely to become out of date quite rapidly, and I do not have the patience to write some which could rapidly become redundant.

Apologies to those of you considering using this module. For the time being, I would suggest garnering what you can from the tests and examples provided, or reading through the Xapian documentation on http://www.xapian.org/, notably the API documentation at http://www.xapian.org/docs/apidoc/html/annotated.html.

If you encounter problems, email either me or preferably the Xapian-discuss mailing list (which I am on - subscription details can be found on the Xapian web site http://www.xapian.org/lists.php).

EXPORT

None by default.

:db ^

DB_OPEN

Open a database, fail if database doesn't exist.

DB_CREATE

Create a new database, fail if database exists.

DB_CREATE_OR_OPEN

Open an existing database, without destroying data, or create a new database if one doesn't already exist.

DB_CREATE_OR_OVERWRITE

Overwrite database if it exists.

:ops ^

OP_AND

Match if both subqueries are satisfied.

OP_OR

Match if either subquery is satisfied.

OP_AND_NOT

Match if left but not right subquery is satisfied.

OP_XOR

Match if left or right, but not both queries are satisfied.

OP_AND_MAYBE

Match if left is satisfied, but use weights from both.

OP_FILTER

Like OP_AND, but only weight using the left query.

OP_NEAR

Match if the words are near each other. The window should be specified, as a parameter to Search::Xapian::Query::Query, but it defaults to the number of terms in the list.

OP_PHRASE

Match as a phrase (All words in order).

OP_ELITE_SET

Select an elite set from the subqueries, and perform a query with these combined as an OR query.

:qpflags ^

FLAG_BOOLEAN

Support AND, OR, etc and bracketted subexpressions.

FLAG_LOVEHATE

Support + and -.

FLAG_PHRASE

Support quoted phrases.

FLAG_BOOLEAN_ANY_CASE

Support AND, OR, etc even if they aren't in ALLCAPS.

FLAG_WILDCARD

Support right truncation (e.g. Xap*).

:qpstem ^

STEM_ALL

Stem all terms.

STEM_NONE

Don't stem any terms.

STEM_SOME

Stem some terms, in a manner compatible with Omega (capitalised words aren't stemmed, and get an 'R' prefix).

:enq_order ^

ENQ_ASCENDING

docids sort in ascending order (default)

ENQ_DESCENDING

docids sort in descending order

ENQ_DONT_CARE

docids sort in whatever order is most efficient for the backend

:standard ^

Standard is db + ops + qpflags + qpstem

TODO ^

Error Handling

Error handling for all methods liable to generate them.

Documentation

Add POD documentation for all classes, where possible just adapted from Xapian docs.

Unwrapped classes

The following Xapian classes are not yet wrapped: Error (and subclasses), ErrorHandler, ExpandDecider (and subclasses), MatchDecider, TradWeight, user-defined weight classes.

Unwrapped methods

The following methods are not yet wrapped: Enquire::get_eset(...) with more than two arguments, Enquire::get_mset(...) with more than two arguments, Enquire::register_match_decider(...) with one argument, Query ctor optional "parameter" parameter, Remote::open(...), static Stem::get_available_languages().

We wrap ESet::back(), MSet::swap() and MSet::operator[](), but not MSet::back(), ESet::swap(), ESet::operator[]().

Tie MSet and ESet to allow them to just be used as lists?

CREDITS ^

Thanks to Tye McQueen <tye@metronet.com> for explaining the finer points of how best to write XS frontends to C++ libraries, James Aylett <james@tartarus.org> for clarifying the less obvious aspects of the Xapian API, Tim Brody for patches wrapping ::QueryParser and ::Stopper and especially Olly Betts <olly@survex.com> for contributing advice, bugfixes, and wrapper code for the more obscure classes.

AUTHOR ^

Alex Bowley <kilinrax@cpan.org>

SEE ALSO ^

perl. xapian.

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