I have a very straightforward ContentSearch issue.

My code is as follows:

var filter = PredicateBuilder.True<PersonObject>();
filter = filter
   .And(i => i.Email == "my.email@address.com");

(...standard ContentSearch code follows...)

Where the Email field is defined as:

public virtual string Email { get; set; }

The index is populated correctly: going on the SOLR web interface and performing the following query:


results in the one record with said email address being correctly returned.

Interestingly enough, the Search.log has this entry associated to the above search:

?q=email_t:(my.email@address.com)&rows=1&fl=*,score&fq=_indexname:(sitecore_web_index)&wt=xml&sort=sortorder_tl asc

Which sounds pretty much spot-on. So why this search is returning every single *PersonObject* and not just the one with the specified email?


What am I doing wrong that is causing multiple results to be returned? Are the information I provided enough to troubleshoot this issue?

  • If I recall, it has to do with tokenization of the contents of that field. So when you issue a search for my.email@address.com, internally Solr is searching for my, email, address, and com. Which would return (almost) everything because most email addresses probably have com in them. We resolved this issue by creating a custom computed field for emails (which apparently doesn't get tokenized) that just stores the email value and searching against that field intead. Sep 30, 2019 at 19:25

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This is how text fields work, it's a tokenized search.. If you are looking for an exact string match, you should be using returnType="string" in your index configuration. Beware as well that you should not be using _t in your code as that hardcodes the Solr field type. You should also change that in your code to just [IndexField("email")]. This should be all you need.

  • Do I have to specifically declare email (or email_s) as part of the index configuration? Sep 30, 2019 at 21:11
  • This worked for me - I only had to add <field fieldName="email" returnType="string" storageType="yes">MyProject.ComputedFields.ParsedValue, MyProject</field> to my custom IndexConfiguration. Sep 30, 2019 at 21:42
  • @EmanueleCiriachi Ah yes. It is always best to explicitly specify the returnType. Also, never specify the suffix as Sitecore will determine it automatically for you. email is sufficient (not _s or _t). Sep 30, 2019 at 22:15

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