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Zend_Search_Lucene is a general purpose text search engine written entirely in PHP 5. Since it stores its index on the filesystem and does not require a database server, it can add search capabilities to almost any PHP-driven website. Zend_Search_Lucene supports the following features:
Ranked searching - best results returned first
Many powerful query types: phrase queries, wildcard queries, proximity queries, range queries and more 
Search by specific field (e.g., title, author, contents)
Zend_Search_Lucene was derived from the Apache Lucene project. For more information on Lucene, visit http://lucene.apache.org/java/docs/.
Zend_Search_Lucene operates with documents as atomic subjects for indexing. A document is divided into named fields, and fields have content that can be searched.
A documented is represented by the Zend_Search_Lucene_Document object, and this object contains Zend_Search_Lucene_Field objects that represent the fields.
It is important to note that any kind of information can be added to the index. Application-specific information or metadata can be stored in the document fields, and later retrieved with the document during search.
It is the responsibility of your application to control the indexer. This means that data can be indexed from any source that is accessible by your application. For example, this could be the filesystem, a database, an HTML form, etc.
Zend_Search_Lucene_Field class provides several static methods to create fields with
<?php $doc = new Zend_Search_Lucene_Document(); // Field is not tokenized, but is indexed and stored within the index. // Stored fields can be retrived from the index. $doc->addField(Zend_Search_Lucene_Field::Keyword('doctype', 'autogenerated')); // Field is not tokenized nor indexed, but is stored in the index. $doc->addField(Zend_Search_Lucene_Field::UnIndexed('created', time())); // Binary String valued Field that is not tokenized nor indexed, // but is stored in the index. $doc->addField(Zend_Search_Lucene_Field::Binary('icon', $iconData)); // Field is tokenized and indexed, and is stored in the index. $doc->addField(Zend_Search_Lucene_Field::Text('annotation', 'Document annotation text')); // Field is tokenized and indexed, but that is not stored in the index. $doc->addField(Zend_Search_Lucene_Field::UnStored('contents', 'My document content')); ?>
You could give names for fields by your own choice. A "contents" field name is used to search by default. It's good idea to place main document data into this field with this name.
Keyword fields are stored and indexed, meaning they can be searched as well as
displayed them back in search results. They are not split up into seperate
words by tokenization. Enumerated database fields usually translate well to Keyword
fields in Zend_Search_Lucene.
UnIndexed fields are not searchable, but they are returned with search hits. Database
timestamps, primary keys, file system paths, and other external identifiers are good
candidates for UnIndexed fields.
Binary fields are not tokenized or indexed, but are stored for retrieval with search hits.
They can be used to store any data encoded as a binary string, such as an image icon.
Text fields are stored, indexed, and tokenized. Text fields are appropriate for storing
information like subjects and titles that need to be searchable as well as returned with
UnStored fields are tokenized and indexed, but not stored in the index. Large amounts of
text are best indexed using this type of field. Storing data creates a larger index on
disk, so if you need to search but not redisplay the data, use an UnStored field.
UnStored fields are practical when using a Zend_Search_Lucene index in
combination with a relational database. You can index large data fields with UnStored
fields for searching, and retrieve them from your relational database by using a seperate
fields as an identifier.
 Only term and multi term queries are supported at this time.