MySQL Fulltext Index deprecated
With Open-Xchange Server v7.8.1 the MySQL
FULLTEXT index is supported for retrieving auto-complete results. In order to use that capability, an appropriate MySQL version needs to be in place.
FULLTEXT indexes are supported starting with MySQL v5.6.4 (see http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/fulltext-restrictions.html for details). Once enabled, an appropriate index is created on the
prg_contacts table automatically and is used afterwards to serve the "find as you type" auto-completion requests in a more efficient way.
Moreover, using a MySQL
FULLTEXT index provides improved results when searching for "tokens". For instance, an E-Mail address gets tokenized in the following way:
firstname.lastname@example.org yields the tokens: "jane", "doe", "somewhere", and "com"
Thus a user is able to start typing e.g. somewhere or doe to hit that search result. Without
FULLTEXT index support, the user is supposed to enter jane to get that hit.
Enabling usage of MySQL
For enabling the usage for a MySQL
FULLTEXT index the property
com.openexchange.contact.fulltextAutocomplete needs to be set to
true and a restart is supposed to be performed. Once set to
true, an appropriate update task (
com.openexchange.contact.storage.rdb.groupware.AddFulltextIndexTask) gets executed on next login attempts for associated database schemas.
An administrator can even influence what fields are supposed to be considered for
FULLTEXT-backed auto-complete executions by modifying the
Please Note: As explained above, the update task gets only executed once (the time when a first login attempt for an associated database schema happens). In consequence, modifying the
com.openexchange.contact.fulltextIndexFields property later on has no effect (even a restart does not get the changes applied). In order to apply the changes applied to
com.openexchange.contact.fulltextIndexFields property, the associated update task is required being re-executed using the
forceupdatetask command-line tool:
/opt/open-xchange/sbin/forceupdatetask --task com.openexchange.contact.storage.rdb.groupware.AddFulltextIndexTask <other command-line arguments>
FULLTEXT index will stop working.
MySQL configuration options
An administrator may want to change how the MySQL
FULLTEXT index works. MySQL only supports to change [[http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/fulltext-fine-tuning.html|minimum/maximum word length]] and [[http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.7/en/fulltext-stopwords.html|stop-words list]] for the InnoDB storage engine.
The MySQL default value for the minimum word length is set to 3. In case users should be allowed to also retrieve results when typing less than 3 characters, the
innodb_ft_min_token_size needs to be changed accordingly in the MySQL configuration file:
Please Note: Changing any of the MySQL configuration options requires that
FULLTEXT indexes are re-created. Taken from MySQL reference manual:
Rebuilding InnoDB Full-Text Indexes
If you modify full-text variables that affect indexing (
innodb_ft_min_token_size, innodb_ft_max_token_size, innodb_ft_server_stopword_table, innodb_ft_user_stopword_table, innodb_ft_enable_stopword, ngram_token_size) you must rebuild your
FULLTEXTindexes after making the changes. Modifying the
innodb_ft_min_token_size, innodb_ft_max_token_size, or
ngram_token_sizevariables, which cannot be set dynamically, require restarting the server and rebuilding the indexes.
To rebuild the
FULLTEXTindexes for an InnoDB table, use
ALTER TABLEwith the
ADD INDEXoptions to drop and re-create each index.
Thus an administrator may manually drop and re-add the index or simply re-execute the associated update task (
com.openexchange.contact.storage.rdb.groupware.AddFulltextIndexTask) as explained above using
forceupdatetask command-line tool.