This documentation is for Dovecot v1.x, see wiki2 for v2.x documentation.

Full text search indexing

Dovecot v1.1 supports the following FTS indexers:

The main difference between Squat indexes and the others is that Squat provides support for substring searches. This is required for IMAP protocol compliancy, so TEXT and BODY searches are looked up only from Squat indexes. Dovecot's non-standard X-TEXT-FAST and X-BODY-FAST SEARCH parameters can be used to look up from non-Squat indexes.

Currently the indexes are updated only while searching, so neither deliver nor IMAP APPEND command updates the indexes immediately. This means that if user has received a lot of mail since the last indexing, it may take a while to index all the mails before replying to the search command. Dovecot sends periodic "* OK Indexed n% of the mailbox" updates which can be caught by webmail implementations to implement a progress bar. You could also build a cronjob to index users' mailboxes once in a while (by selecting each mailbox and issuing a SEARCH TEXT xyzzyx command).

Using both Squat and non-Squat

It's possible to use both Squat and non-Squat indexes at the same time, so that TEXT/BODY are looked up from Squat indexes and X-TEXT-FAST/X-BODY-FAST are looked up from the non-Squat index. This of course means that indexes will have to be built and updated for both, so it might not be that good idea.

protocol imap {
  mail_plugins = fts fts_squat fts_solr
plugin {
  fts = squat solr

None: Plugins/FTS (last edited 2009-03-15 22:35:10 by localhost)