Xapian for searching

Cyrus can be configured to use Xapian to power its searches.

Compiling Xapian for Cyrus

Before compiling Cyrus with the --enable-Xapian option, Xapian must first be patched and compiled.

The cyrusimap/cyruslibs repository provides a pre-patched copy of 1.5-dev Xapian, ready for use with Cyrus. We are working on having the patches integrated upstream.

Xapian requires gcc 4.9 or later.

To build Xapian, fetch the cyruslibs package which comes with pre-patched Xapian and some other dependencies. They are installed in /usr/local/cyruslibs by default unless overridden on the command line.

export CYRUSLIBS="/usr/local/cyruslibs"
export LDFLAGS="-Wl,-rpath,$CYRUSLIBS/lib -Wl,-rpath,$CYRUSLIBS/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu"
export XAPIAN_CONFIG="$CYRUSLIBS/bin/xapian-config-1.5"

git clone git@github.com:cyrusimap/cyruslibs.git
cd cyruslibs
sh build.sh $CYRUSLIBS_DIR

Then follow on with the Cyrus compilation instructions, adding --enable-xapian to the flags to ./configure.

Configuring Xapian

Xapian requires a running squatter(8) instance:

  • In cyrus.conf(5) set up a daemon squatter to run:

    START {
      # run a rolling squatter
      squatter cmd="squatter -R"
  • Enable sync logging: Set sync_log: on in imapd.conf(5).

  • Add a squatter sync log channel: sync_log_channels: squatter in imapd.conf(5).

You also need (at least one) search tier. Add this to imapd.conf(5).

search_engine: xapian
search_index_headers: no
search_batchsize: 8192
defaultpartition: default
defaultsearchtier: t1
partition-default: /var/cyrus/spool
t1searchpartition-default: /var/cyrus/search

If you want to do more complex search tiers and repacking, you’ll want to read: