I have daily indices. The ES guide talks about forcemerging any index without new activity down to 1 segment. Some places talk about forcemerging as being an overoptimization. The curator optimize action has "max_num_segments" as 2.
I feel like there is a lot of conflicting advice here. Assuming you have an index with no new activity:
- what are the benefits of merging? reduced memory? less file handles? improved search speed? all of the above?
- how much better are the benefits of merging to 1 vs merging to 2?
- is it faster to merge to 1 than 2?
- what should you merge down to? 1 segment? 2? it depends? If "it depends", depends on what? index size?