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Lucy::Search::Query – Apache Lucy Documentation
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Lucy::Search::Query - A specification for a search query.


# Query is an abstract base class.
package MyQuery;
use base qw( Lucy::Search::Query );

sub make_compiler {
    my ( $self, %args ) = @_;
    my $subordinate = delete $args{subordinate};
    my $compiler = MyCompiler->new( %args, parent => $self );
    $compiler->normalize unless $subordinate;
    return $compiler;

package MyCompiler;
use base ( Lucy::Search::Compiler );


Query objects are simple containers which contain the minimum information necessary to define a search query.

The most common way to generate Query objects is to feed a search string such as ‘foo AND bar’ to a QueryParser’s parse() method, which outputs an abstract syntax tree built up from various Query subclasses such as ANDQuery and TermQuery. However, it is also possible to use custom Query objects to build a search specification which cannot be easily represented using a search string.

Subclasses of Query must implement make_compiler(), which is the first step in compiling a Query down to a Matcher which can actually match and score documents.



my $query = MyQuery->SUPER::new(
    boost => 2.5,

Abstract constructor.

  • boost - A scoring multiplier, affecting the Query's relative contribution to each document's score. Typically defaults to 1.0, but subclasses which do not contribute to document scores such as NOTQuery and MatchAllQuery default to 0.0 instead.



my $compiler = $query->make_compiler(
    searcher    => $searcher     # required
    boost       => $boost        # required
    subordinate => $subordinate  # default: false

Abstract factory method returning a Compiler derived from this Query.

  • searcher - A Searcher.
  • boost - A scoring multiplier.
  • subordinate - Indicates whether the Query is a subquery (as opposed to a top-level query). If false, the implementation must invoke normalize() on the newly minted Compiler object before returning it.




Set the Query’s boost.


my $float = $query->get_boost();

Get the Query’s boost.


my $obj = $query->dump();


my $obj = $query->load($dump);


Lucy::Search::Query isa Clownfish::Obj.