Riak search 2 returning multiple stale results for single record

Peter Roberts peter.roberts at piksel.com
Mon Feb 15 05:33:38 EST 2016

We’re currently evaluating whether Riak is suitable for our system and have an issue with multiple/stale results being returned from Riak search. We’re reliably seeing this occur when a record is  deleted and a new one created under the same key shortly afterwards – which, based on the _yz_id, causes siblings to be created.

Accessing the record through the map datatype only gives us the expected record.  We’ve considered de-duplicating the result by ID but this could still result in search results where the query matches the old but not the new data. The obsolete records in Riak search/Solr never get cleaned up.

Is this a known issue? Are we missing something on inserting/querying the data? Is it possible to tie the version of data in the Riak search result to the version retrieved from Riak by key?

Below is an example of the Riak search query/result (using Node basho-riak-client) and datatype data. The date.value is set to the creation/update time.

 var searchOptions = {
    indexName: 'minimals_index',
    q: 'name_register:foo',
    presort: ‘score'

riakClient.search(searchOptions, function(err, result) {
  console.log('Search result', err, result);
  callback(err, result);

{ numFound: 6,
  maxScore: 0.35434481501579285,
   [ { score: 0.35434482,
       _yz_rb: 'minimals',
       _yz_rt: 'maps',
       _yz_rk: 'test:foo',
       _yz_id: '1*maps*minimals*test:foo*13*2EB6xtIHCicwmARKDJ81tS',
       'date_map._type_register': '_date',
       'date_map._value_register': '2016-02-12T11:39:22.942Z',
       name_register: 'foo',
       owner_register: 'test' },
     { score: 0.35434482,
       _yz_rb: 'minimals',
       _yz_rt: 'maps',
       _yz_rk: 'test:foo',
       _yz_id: '1*maps*minimals*test:foo*13*4hNPnHzeJpTc7S6nEW8vNb',
       'date_map._type_register': '_date',
       'date_map._value_register': '2016-02-12T13:28:11.785Z',
       name_register: 'foo',
       owner_register: 'test' } ]

Riak get by ID:
$ curl -XGET "http://localhost:11098/types/maps/buckets/minimals/datatypes/test:foo"


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