Lucene offers much flexibility in defining search queries for all needs imaginable. To make it easier to understand, this page was divided into subpages. While this one offers an introduction to the most commonly used features, the others explain more advanced search operators and constructs.
First some words on the the terminology used in these pages:
A query is the complete expression you put in one of the search fields.
A term is the smallest unit inside a query. In the default case each single word inside a query is a term of its own, except for ...
A phrase is a groups of words surrounded by quotation marks. Even though it's containing more than one word, a phrase is handled like a term.
or search operators are special characters and words that define either how single terms are processed by the search system (e.g. in -house the - tells the search system, not to return anything with the word house) or how to terms are to be combined in the search (e.g. one AND love means search for anything that has both words one and love). The sections below Query Syntax describe simple and commonly used operators, more advanced features can be found in the Lucene Search Syntax
But first take a look at a few simple examples which might show everything necessary for the majority of your searches.
To perform a single character wildcard search use the "?" symbol. To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the "*" symbol. For example, to search for "text" or "test" you can use the search te?t, to search for "test", "tests" or "tester", you can use the search test*.
Note: You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search.
To do a fuzzy search use the tilde, "~", symbol at the end of a single word term. Optionally can specify the required similarity, a value is between 0 and 1. For example to search for a term similar in spelling to "roam" use the fuzzy search roam~ or roam~0.8
|search_title||Contains all titles know for the software|
|product_code||Product code of the software release|
|year||Year the software is released|
|system||MSX System (MSX, MSX2, MSX2+, Turbo-R)|
|medium||Release medium (Tape, ROM, Double Side Disk, MegaROM, Single Side Disk, Laserdisc, Softcard, VHD, BeeCard, CD, Music CD, QuickDisc, Compact Flash, Unknown)|
|sound||Sound used by the Software (PSG, MSX-Music, MSX-Audio, SCC, MIDI, PCM, SCC+, Moonsound, VLM5030)|
|kind||Software kind (game, program, magazine, demo)|
|max_players||Max players (1-8)|
|max_simultaneous||Max simultaneous players (1-8)|
|licence||Software licence (Commercial, PD/Freeware, Shareware, Promotional, MagazineDisk, Unknown)|
|is_unreleased||If the software is unreleased (0, 1)|
|is_compilation||If the software is a compilation (0, 1)|