Ok, so here's the deal: Lucene does the weirdes things to me. Everything is indexed properly, everything works, everything's fast etc etc.

So I search for a category in English. Hundreds of results pop out.

So I search for a country in English. Hundred of results pop out.

So I search for a category AND a country in English. A combination that I KNOW is valid. I get jack. Nothing. Zip.... Why?

Zend_Search_Lucene_Analysis_Analyzer::setDefault(new Zend_Search_Lucene_Analysis_Analyzer_Common_TextNum_CaseInsensitive());
$index = Library_Search_Lucene::open(SearchIndexer::getIndexDirectory());     

$query = new Zend_Search_Lucene_Search_Query_Boolean();

$queryString = new Zend_Search_Lucene_Search_Query_MultiTerm();
$queryString->addTerm(new Zend_Search_Lucene_Index_Term('lang' . $language, 'langSite'));
$query->addSubquery($queryString, true);

if (isset($idCategory)) {
$queryCategory = new Zend_Search_Lucene_Search_Query_MultiTerm();
$queryCategory->addTerm(new Zend_Search_Lucene_Index_Term($idCategory, 'idCategory'));
$query->addSubquery($queryCategory, true);

if (isset($country)) {
$queryLocation = new Zend_Search_Lucene_Search_Query_MultiTerm();
$queryLocation->addTerm(new Zend_Search_Lucene_Index_Term($country, 'locationsClean'));
$query->addSubquery($queryLocation, true);

 $hits = $index->find($query);

$query->getQueryTerms() returns a valid array of terms. There are no errors. What the hell am I doing wrong?


I'm experiencing something similar, did you ever figure it out?

No. After all I went through I can just sum it up as following: Lucene is shit. Period. I would not recommend Lucene to my enemies. It is cumbersome, slow and painful to reindex. Switch to Sphinx right now, preferably yesterday.

We have exactly the same problem. It is noted in the bugtracker, which is currently offline, but can be found at Maybe it will ever get fixed, but even then it is painfully slow.

Matthijs Bierman
My suggestion is to drop Lucene alltogether. I have never worked with a slower engine. I can just as like do fulltext searches in mysql or in coma-separated txt files.
Be careful: Lucene is great, it's Zend_Search_Lucene that is crap. I work with the Java implementation a lot and I can tell you it's rock-stable and blazing fast!
Matthijs Bierman