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From Garrett Rooney <>
Subject [PROPOSAL] Lucene4c
Date Mon, 14 Feb 2005 13:35:20 GMT
I'd like to propose the Lucene4c project for incubation.

Lucene4c is a port of the Lucene search engine from Java to C, using the 
Apache Portable Runtime library for portability.  The project is far 
from complete, and code to date is primarily concerned with reading an 
existing Lucene index, which must be created with another Lucene 
implementation (currently only Java Lucene has been tested).  The plan 
is to complete support for the rest of the index format and then move on 
to implementing search functionality (beyond the current proof of 
concept code anyway).  Once we've reached that point work will begin on 
actual indexing functionality so that Lucene4c can stand alone, without 
the use of another Lucene implementation for bootstrapping.

The project would be part of the new Lucene top leve project, and Erik 
Hatcher has offerred to serve as a sponsor.

While I have yet to expand the community of developers further than 
myself, I am anxious to do so, and I expect to be able to draw both from 
people as of yet unassociated with Lucene who have expressed interest in 
such a project and from existing Lucene developers who have expressed 
interest in establishing cross-language compatibility tests for the 
various Lucene ports.

Lucene4c already has ties to existing ASF projects, particularly Lucene 
itself and APR.  Bringing it into the ASF would only strengthen those ties.

More details, including where to get the current release or development 
versions of the code can be found at the Lucene4c web site at


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