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Simon Willnauer commented on LUCENE-8198:
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> with your api, if doc is null it will just issue the delete with no 
> replacement correct?

I think you can just use the existing
{code:java}
public long updateDocValues(Term term, Field... updates) throws 
IOException{code}
for this?

> Add ability to persist deletes across merges
> --------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENE-8198
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENE-8198
>             Project: Lucene - Core
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 7.3, master (8.0)
>            Reporter: Simon Willnauer
>            Assignee: Simon Willnauer
>            Priority: Major
>         Attachments: LUCENE-8198.patch
>
>
> This allows conditionally persist deletes on a per document basis to prevent 
> them from being merged away. This expert feature is useful to maintain 
> history of documents in the index where otherwise a duplicate storage 
> mechanism would be needed. For instance features like CouchDBs changes API 
> can be build on top of persistent deletes. While using persistent deletes has 
> a considerably small overhead at merge time or when deletes applied to fully 
> deleted segments, there is no impact if persistent deletes are unused.



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