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Run-time configuration

RediSearch supports a few run-time configuration options that should be determined when loading the module. In time more options will be added.

Passing Configuration Options During Loading

In general, passing configuration options is done by appending arguments after the --loadmodule argument in the command line, loadmodule configuration directive in a Redis config file, or the MODULE LOAD command. For example:

In redis.conf:

loadmodule redisearch.so OPT1 OPT2

From redis-cli:

127.0.0.6379> MODULE load redisearch.so OPT1 OPT2

From command line:

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so OPT1 OPT2

Setting Configuration Options In Run-Time

As of v1.4.1, the FT.CONFIG allows setting some options during runtime. In addition, the command can be used to view the current run-time configuration options.

RediSearch configuration options

TIMEOUT

The maximum amount of time in milliseconds that a search query is allowed to run. If this time is exceeded we return the top results accumulated so far, or an error depending on the policy set with ON_TIMEOUT . The timeout can be disabled by setting it to 0.

Note

This works only in concurrent mode, so enabling SAFEMODE disables this option.

Default

500

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so TIMEOUT 100

ON_TIMEOUT {policy}

The response policy for queries that exceed the TIMEOUT setting.

The policy can be one of the following:

  • RETURN : this policy will return the top results accumulated by the query until it timed out.
  • FAIL : will return an error when the query exeeds the timeout value.

Default

RETURN

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so ON_TIMEOUT fail

SAFEMODE

!! Deprecated in v1.6. From this version, SAFEMODE is the default. If you still like to re-enable the concurrent mode for writes, use CONCURRENT_WRITE_MODE !!

If present in the argument list, RediSearch will turn off concurrency for query processing, and work in a single thread.

This is useful if data consistency is extremely important, and avoids a situation where deletion of documents while querying them can cause momentarily inconsistent results (i.e. documents that were valid during the invocation of the query are not returned because they were deleted during query processing).

Default

Off (not present)

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so SAFEMODE

Notes

  • deprecated in v1.6

CONCURRENT_WRITE_MODE

If enabled, write queries will be performed concurrently. For now only the tokenization part is executed concurrently. The actual write operation still requires holding the Redis Global Lock.

Default

Not set - "disabled"

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so CONCURRENT_WRITE_MODE

Notes

  • added in v1.6

EXTLOAD {file_name}

If present, we try to load a RediSearch extension dynamic library from the specified file path. See Extensions for details.

Default

None

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so EXTLOAD ./ext/my_extension.so

MINPREFIX

The minimum number of characters we allow for prefix queries (e.g. hel* ). Setting it to 1 can hurt performance.

Default

2

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so MINPREFIX 3

MAXEXPANSIONS

The maximum number of expansions we allow for query prefixes. Setting it too high can cause performance issues.

Default

200

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so MAXEXPANSIONS 1000

MAXDOCTABLESIZE

The maximum size of the internal hash table used for storing the documents.

Default

1000000

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so MAXDOCTABLESIZE 3000000

MAXSEARCHRESULTS

The maximum number of results to be returned by FT.SEARCH command if LIMIT is used. Setting value to -1 will remove the limit.

Default

1000000

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so MAXSEARCHRESULTS 3000000

FRISOINI {file_name}

If present, we load the custom Chinese dictionary from the specified path. See Using custom dictionaries for more details.

Default

Not set

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so FRISOINI /opt/dict/friso.ini

CURSOR_MAX_IDLE

The maximum idle time (in ms) that can be set to the cursor api .

Default

"300000"

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so CURSOR_MAX_IDLE 500000

Notes

  • added in v1.6

GC_SCANSIZE

The garbage collection bulk size of the internal gc used for cleaning up the indexes.

Default

100

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so GC_SCANSIZE 10

GC_POLICY

The policy for the garbage collector (GC). Supported policies are:

  • FORK : uses a forked thread for garbage collection (v1.4.1 and above). This is the default GC policy since version 1.6.1 and is ideal for general purpose workloads.
  • LEGACY : Uses a synchronous, in-process fork. This is ideal for read-heavy and append-heavy workloads with very few updates/deletes

Default

"FORK"

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so GC_POLICY LEGACY

Notes

  • When the GC_POLICY is FORK it can be combined with the options below.

NOGC

If set, we turn off Garbage Collection for all indexes. This is used mainly for debugging and testing, and should not be set by users.

Default

Not set

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so NOGC

FORK_GC_RUN_INTERVAL

Interval (in seconds) between two consecutive fork GC runs.

Default

"30"

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so GC_POLICY FORK FORK_GC_RUN_INTERVAL 60

Notes

  • only to be combined with GC_POLICY FORK

FORK_GC_RETRY_INTERVAL

Interval (in seconds) in which RediSearch will retry to run fork GC in case of a failure. Usually, a failure could happen when the redis fork api does not allow for more than one fork to be created at the same time.

Default

"5"

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so GC_POLICY FORK FORK_GC_RETRY_INTERVAL 10

Notes

  • only to be combined with GC_POLICY FORK
  • added in v1.4.16

FORK_GC_CLEAN_THRESHOLD

The fork GC will only start to clean when the number of not cleaned documents is exceeding this threshold, otherwise it will skip this run. The default value is zero for backwards compatibility. However, it's highly recommended to change it to a higher number.

Default

"0"

Example

$ redis-server --loadmodule ./redisearch.so GC_POLICY FORK FORK_GC_CLEAN_THRESHOLD 10000

Notes

  • only to be combined with GC_POLICY FORK
  • added in v1.4.16