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ezfind : weird partial string behavior

ezfind : weird partial string behavior

Tuesday 16 June 2015 11:13:36 am - 6 replies

Hello all,

eZFind have a weird behavior for partial search on word.

Here is the case.

One of my content is named "Acoelomate".

My queryText variable is treated like that :

$queryText  = (!empty($params['word'])) ? '(' . $params['word'] . ' OR *' . $params['word'] . '*)' : '*'; 

The weird behavior is that this object is in the search results if search for :

  • lom
  • elom

But it is not in the results if I search for :

  • loma
  • lomat
  • coelomat

Do you have any idea on why ?

Thank you

Tuesday 16 June 2015 4:25:46 pm

Sounds like it could be stemming.  For a scientific database we ended up completely removing configurations like this in schema.xml:

 <filter class="solr.SnowballPorterFilterFactory" language="English" protected="protwords.txt"/>

Wednesday 17 June 2015 9:43:24 am

Hi Peter,

Thank you for the reply.

This is something I will try.
Do I need to reindex everything after removing this line ?

Wednesday 17 June 2015 10:04:02 am

I have tried it but no change.

What I did :

  • remove the line from schema.xml
  • empty cache
  • edit the object which should appear (to trigger reindex)
  • do the search on "lomat"
  • still 0 results (instead of 2)


Wednesday 17 June 2015 5:13:32 pm

A few notes:

  • After you make a schema.xml change, you have to restart Solr, and preferably run a site re-index
  • Note that the stemming configuration in question is often applied on index and on query, so check your schema.xml for other uses of it
  • For raw Solr debugging I like to use the Query Analyzer at  It is good at showing you how the query is transformed.

Thursday 18 June 2015 10:06:44 am

I have just tried removing this line, restarting solr and reindexing this object but it does not work.

I see in your first answer "removing configurations like this ". It means that I might have to remove other lines right ? What are "line like this" ? Do you I need to search for specific filter ? 

Anyway, thank you for your help

Thursday 18 June 2015 4:30:02 pm

In one of our sites, we removed the "SnowballPorterFilterFactory" filter from the "text" field type for the "index" and "query" analyzers.  I don't want to lead you down the wrong path if it is not a stemming problem, though -- you should use the Query Analyzer at to find out more about why queries aren't matching.


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