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Adding an external search?

Question asked by douglasheld on Jul 30, 2007

I'm evaluating Alfresco, and like other CMS systems, I find the search really lacking.

I have two main questions:

1. If I add an external search component, do I need to leave the lucene components in place?  Are there any internal functions that rely on lucene or would it only be invoked for end user search?

2. Would I be best served by customizing Alfresco's built in search?  Specific features I'm looking for:
- Language stemming in search query processing
- dynamic document text summaries in results list with highlighting
- ability to click through to an HTML conversion of the document, with search term highlighting.

I'm wondering if anybody has an experience from either solution 1 or 2 that they would like to share.