Update mapping on existing index


(Andrew Harvey-2) #1

Hi there,

I've been working on an application for some time, and our requirements have changed somewhat, such that I've found myself needing to change the mappings on my index from the dynamic ones to some more tailored ones (with term vectors and such like).

Is it possible for me to update the mappings on an existing index and allow elasticsearch to re-index the documents (which I assume while expensive is possible, since ES has the source documents stored in the _source field), or do I have to re-create the index from scratch? My unscientific testing thus far suggests the latter, but I was hoping I was just doing something wrong.

Thanks,
Andrew
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(Clinton Gormley) #2

Hi Andrew

Is it possible for me to update the mappings on an existing index and allow

elasticsearch to re-index the documents (which I assume while expensive is
possible, since ES has the source documents stored in the _source field), or
do I have to re-create the index from scratch? My unscientific testing thus
far suggests the latter, but I was hoping I was just doing something wrong.

Your testing is correct I'm afraid.

What I do is create the index name with the current time as a suffix, eg:

myindex_1277386794

Then I create an alias 'myindex' which points to 'myindex_1277386794'.
Internally, my application just uses 'myindex'.

when I need to change the mapping, i create a new 'myindex_1277400000', add
the new mapping, read the data from the old index, and index to the new
index.

Once complete (and I've accounted for anything that has changed since the
reindexing process started), i update the alias to point to the new index.

clint


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