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Posted on 2003-03-14
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If a dynamically built FTSearch query in the following format (all UK date formats, dd/mm/yyyy, server is UK dates as well):

([DateToday_HD] >= 01/02/2003 or [Created] >= 01/02/2003 or [Date_Submitted] >= 01/02/2003) and [Brand] = "Smirnoff*"

This returns some records, but not all that I would expect. I can't see any difference between the records being returned and those that are not from a data type and content POV.

An example record that is not being returned has the following values:
DateToday_HD: 03/02/2003 (date field)
Created: 03/02/2003 12:45:40 (date field)
Date_Submitted: blank (date field)
Brand: Smirnoff Citrus Twist (text field)

I have had the FTIndex rebuilt, in case there was a corruption, but still no luck.

Any pointers gratefully received.

Thanks
Ben
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(([DateToday_HD] >= 01/02/2003) or ([Created] >= 01/02/2003) or ([Date_Submitted] >= 01/02/2003)) and [Brand] = "Smirnoff*"

this will return all those with the right date as long as the brand is Smirnoff*

It looks to me like its an order of operations specificity problem.  Try the above formula and see if it helps.

You can play with this in teh full text search bar until it works right before embeddeing it in your agent code.
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by:AndrewJayPollack
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You might even try this:

((([DateToday_HD] >= 01/02/2003) or ([Created] >= 01/02/2003) or ([Date_Submitted] >= 01/02/2003))) and [Brand] = "Smirnoff*"
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Zvonko earned 2000 total points
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I can not improve Andrew's answer.

I have only one testing idea: create a view with similar view condition and look what exact documents you would get. There are often circumstances you did not take in account.

Give it a try.

Zvonko

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Did you need more help?

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http://www.experts-exchange.com/Applications/Email/Lotus_Notes/cmtyQuestAnswer.jsp#3

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by:bjohns33
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Thanks Andrew and Zvonko.

The query was fine, Zvonko's answer pointed me in the right direction, which was bad target data - was trying to resolve this without the Notes client (accessing data from Excel, with no client access) which made it trickier to track down data issues.

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