Announcing Manticore Search – a Feature-Rich Open Source Full-Text Search Engine

Manticore Search is a new open source project to advance full-text search technology.

Manticore Search is a fork of Sphinx Search. We love Sphinx technology, unfortunately there was a long interruption in development and discontinued support operations since late 2016, making us and many other heavy Sphinx users concerned about the future of Sphinx technology. Forking Sphinx was our solution to this situation.

Our mission is to build the best full-text search engine on the planet while listening to the user community and providing best-in-class technical support.

At Manticore we have a strong team behind the project with a long-term plan to continue active development of the search engine at the same time providing best 24x7 technical support services.

We also want project development to be user community driven. We have formed the Manticore Steering Committee consisting of world-known experts and heaviest users of the technology to make better decisions on the project roadmap.

Please check our website, follow our twitter @manticoresearch and subscribe to the newsletter for more information and updates soon.

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Free config review

There are often optimizations that can be made to a Sphinx / Manticore setup by changing some simple directives in the configuration or making quick changes to an index definition.

Some common mistakes and issues can include:

  • doing main+delta without kill-lists, even if the delta does include updated records found in the main
  • using wildcarding with very short prefix/infix which can hammer performance in some cases
  • disabled (unintentional) seamless rotates and getting stalls on index rotations
  • adding texts as string attributes even if they are not using for any kind of operation (filtering, grouping, sorting) or mandatory to be present in results
  • using deprecated settings 

Having a quick look on the configuration can show issues or potential issues, this is why we want to offer a gift to our growing community!

When uploading your configuration file, we recommend to remove any database credentials first.

We suggest also you give as many possible details about your setup: how big is the data you have, how typical queries look and what issues you experience.

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