[MarkLogic Dev General] Query times out, and page-limit constraints

Damon Feldman Damon.Feldman at marklogic.com
Wed Mar 21 06:02:45 PDT 2012


Try removing sub-expressions until you have a minimal expression that shows the problem. E.g. does just the search:search() call work, without any other code?

I suspect your XPath: /item[@doi= <expr>] may be the problem. If the <expr> is not properly formed (e.g. missing a namespace, misspelled element) you could get many items retrieved rather than just one, and that would be executed for every result.

Retrieving all results is not possible with search:search() to avoid huge queries, which would time out. If your DB only has, say, 10,000 items and you think they can come back in a single call, set the page size to 10,000. If you think you can get 20MM in one shot, use that limit, etc. The idea is to force the developer to think hard about how big that result set can be and explicitly set the limits.


From: general-bounces at developer.marklogic.com [mailto:general-bounces at developer.marklogic.com] On Behalf Of Dean Pullen
Sent: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:37 AM
To: general at developer.marklogic.com
Subject: [MarkLogic Dev General] Query times out, and page-limit constraints

Hi all,

I'm relatively new to Marklogic and have an example query to debug (at end of email).

I've got two questions -
1) Why does this time out? We have a lot of data, but it's constrained by a page-limit of 100 and by the given $dateTimeStr variable. Should I be searching using some other method, like a constraint or what? You'll notice the search:search first parm is '' i.e. blank.

2) How can I (once question 1 is 'fixed') retrieve ALL results and not just the number of pages specified by the page-limit.

Many thanks,



xquery version "1.0-ml";

import module namespace search = "http://marklogic.com/appservices/search"<http://marklogic.com/appservices/search>
at "/MarkLogic/appservices/search/search.xqy";

declare variable $dateTimeStr as xs:string := '2012-02-01T18:43:30.728';

Ddeclare function local:retrieveiteminfo($result as element(citation)) as element(search:result) {

        {/item[@doi = $result/target_doi]}

let $dateTime := xs:dateTime($dateTimeStr)

let $top-citation-results:= search:search('',
    <options xmlns="http://marklogic.com/appservices/search"<http://marklogic.com/appservices/search>>
            xs:QName("datetimeRecevied"), ">", $dateTime),


        for $uri in $top-citation-results/search:result/@uri
<search:result>{fn:doc($uri)}{/item[@doi = fn:doc($uri)/citation/target_doi]}</search:result>

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