How to debug the Escenic search

There are quite a number of components to investigate when search isn't working in Escenic Content Engine / CUE Content Store. Here are some of my notes on the subject and I hope it'll be of assistance to brave consultants, admins and developers out there 😉

I have created a content item with id 11, but it doesn't show up in CUE when I search for it.

Is the content item scheduled for indexing?

MariaDB [ecedb]> select * from SearchIndex where objectID=11;
| documentID | objectID | objectType | entryUpdated        | isDeleted | isTail | protectionDomainID | misc | uuid                                 |
|         25 |       11 | article    | 2019-08-23 17:28:31 |         0 |      0 |                  1 | NULL | 49b94a4e-9490-483e-a442-620cb31f1385 |

Is it indexed in Solr?

My content item has Store in its title, so I perform a Solr search for all documents that have Store in their title:

$ curl 'http://debbie:8983/solr/editorial/select?q=title:Store&wt=json'

What does the indexer-webapp say?

Head over to the web interface at http://debbie:8180/indexer-webapp/admin and check that:

What does the indexer state file say?

$ cat /var/lib/escenic/engine/head-tail.index 
#Tue Jul 02 21:05:51 CST 2019

These IDs corresponds to the documentID in the SearchIndex table. Since the documentID of our content item 11 is 25 and the indexer is happy humming along, thinking that the documentID he last indexed was 98943, he'll not bother with this low documentID 11. We therefore have to issue a re-index.

What does the indexer-webapp log say?

$ tail -f /var/log/escenic/search1-messages
<lst name="responseHeader"><int name="status">400</int><int name="QTime">16</int></lst><lst name="error"><lst name="metadata"><str name="error-class">org.apache.solr.common.SolrException</str><str name="root-error-class">org.apache.solr.common.SolrException</str></lst><str name="msg">ERROR: [doc=com.escenic.section:3] unknown field 'org_unit_name'</str><int name="code">400</int></lst>

Here, Solr refrains from indexing the document since the Solr index document constructed by indexer-webapp uses a field Solr hasn't in its schema definition.

The remedy is to update the Solr schema from the one provided by ECE.


Solr is running on debbie on port 8983 and has a core called editorial.

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