Indexing options

This page contains a description of all the properties of the IndexingOptions class.

Cancellation property

The Cancellation property is used to specify an object of type Cancellation, used to cancel of an index operation. The default value of the Cancellation property is null. An operation can be canceled if necessary with a time delay. Note that after cancellation, an index may not immediately stop an operation, but with a some delay.

The following example demonstrates cancelling of an indexing operation.

C#

string indexFolder = @"c:\MyIndex\";
string documentFolder = @"c:\MyDocuments\";
 
// Creating an index in the specified folder
Index index = new Index(indexFolder);
 
// Creating an instance of indexing options
IndexingOptions options = new IndexingOptions();
options.Cancellation = new Cancellation(); // Setting a cancellation object
options.Cancellation.CancelAfter(300000); // Setting a time period of 300 seconds after which the indexing operation will be cancelled
 
// Indexing documents from the specified folder
index.Add(documentFolder, options);

IsAsync property

The IsAsync property is used to specify whether to perform indexing operation asynchronously or synchronously. The default value is false, meaning synchronous execution. The example below demonstrates the performing of an asynchronous indexing.

C#

string indexFolder = @"c:\MyIndex\";
string documentFolder = @"c:\MyDocuments\";
 
// Creating index in the specified folder
Index index = new Index(indexFolder);
 
// Subscribing to the event
index.Events.StatusChanged += (sender, args) =>
{
    if (args.Status != IndexStatus.InProgress)
    {
        // A notification of the operation completion should be here
    }
};
 
// Creating an instance of indexing options
IndexingOptions options = new IndexingOptions();
options.IsAsync = true; // Specifying the asynchronous performing of the operation
 
// Indexing documents from the specified folder
// The method will return control before the indexing operation is completed
index.Add(documentFolder, options);

Threads property

The Threads property is used to set the number of threads used for indexing. The default value is 1. The number of indexing threads cannot be less than 1 or more than 4.

A larger number of threads accelerates the indexing process. However, be careful when specifying the number of indexing threads more than 1, because the amount of memory used during indexing is directly proportional to the number of threads involved. If there is 4 GB of RAM or less in the system, using more than 1 thread may result in out of memory error. In addition, the hard disk where the files for indexing are located may be the bottleneck and performance will not increase.

The following example demonstrates how to perform indexing in 2 threads.

C#

string indexFolder = @"c:\MyIndex\";
string documentFolder = @"c:\MyDocuments\";
 
// Creating an index in the specified folder
Index index = new Index(indexFolder);
 
// Creating an instance of indexing options
IndexingOptions options = new IndexingOptions();
options.Threads = 2; // Setting the number of indexing threads
 
// Indexing documents from the specified folder
index.Add(documentFolder, options); 

MetadataIndexingOptions property

The MetadataIndexingOptions property is represented by an object of the MetadataIndexingOptions class. This class contains properties for setting metadata indexing options:

  • The IndexingEmptyValues property sets a value indicating whether to index empty field values or not. The default value is true.
  • The IndexingEmptyNames property sets a value indicating whether to index empty field names or not. The default value is true.
  • The DefaultFieldName property sets the default field name used to index empty field names. The default value is “unknown”.
  • The SeparatorInCompoundName property sets the separator in the compound name of a field. The default value is “.” (period character).
  • The MaxBytesToIndexField property sets the maximum number of values indexed from an array of byte values. The default value is int.MaxValue.
  • The MaxIntsToIndexField property sets the maximum number of values indexed from an array of int values. The default value is int.MaxValue.
  • The MaxLongsToIndexField property sets the maximum number of values indexed from an array of long values. The default value is int.MaxValue.
  • The MaxDoublesToIndexField property sets the maximum number of values indexed from an array of double values. The default value is int.MaxValue.
  • The SeparatorBetweenValues property sets the separator between values in a field of type array. The default value is " " (space character).

The following example demonstrates how to set the metadata indexing options.

C#

string indexFolder = @"c:\MyIndex";
string documentFolder = @"c:\MyDocuments";
 
// Creating an index
Index index = new Index(indexFolder);
 
// Setting the metadata indexing options
var options = new IndexingOptions();
options.MetadataIndexingOptions.DefaultFieldName = "default";
options.MetadataIndexingOptions.SeparatorInCompoundName = @"\";
options.MetadataIndexingOptions.MaxBytesToIndexField = 10;
options.MetadataIndexingOptions.MaxIntsToIndexField = 10;
options.MetadataIndexingOptions.MaxLongsToIndexField = 10;
options.MetadataIndexingOptions.MaxDoublesToIndexField = 10;
 
// Starting indexing operation
index.Add(documentFolder, options);

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