How to disable drill-down facets to speed up search performance

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  • 22-Jun-2016
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Retain 4.0.3 +


I want a little faster search performance.  Are there any tweaks I can make to speed up my searches?


Yes, you can turn off faceting.  What are facets you say?  They are all the "Search In" filters that display on the left-hand pane of the general Search screen.  Faceting is enabled by default and there is a search performance cost involved, so if you do not need the filtering the facets provide, you can disable them:

1.  Stop tomcat.

2.  Edit .../RetainServer/WEB-INF/classes/config/

At the top you'll find an option that reads:  disable.facets = 0

3.  Change the "0" to "1" so that it reads:  disable.facets = 1

4.  Save your changes to that file.

5.  Start tomcat.

Additional Information

This article was originally published in the GWAVA knowledgebase as article ID 2815.