I've moved a database from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2014 via an import/export through SQL Server 2008 to make it compatible to be imported in 2014. So far that has worked fine.

I found out that using words which are usually in a stop list (like articles) disrupts or breaks the retrieval in a FullText search and return no results. Using only the important keywords returns the result as usual. AFAIK in older versions of SQL Server a different system than stop list were used. Although I can not find anything relevant in the FTData folder because it is either empty or commented.

On inspecting the database via SQL Server Management Studio I see that no stop list is configured in the selected database (under Storage). I tried adding a new one based on the system stop list but it made no difference to the behavior.

What can cause this behavior?


The used query:

SELECT ProductID FROM SearchTable WHERE CONTAINS(*, '"word"') AND
CONTAINS(*, '"noiseword"')

The results fail because in the search query the words are connected with AND. Using a noise word apparently returns always false so no item is returned.

I tried to change that behavior but it is not prevented by this:

sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1;
sp_configure 'transform noise words', 1;

I will try a rebuild which may help based on this and this article, as suggested by wBob.

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    You might be better off dropping the existing full-text index and rebuilding from scratch in 2014 to see if you get a different behaviour. You should also try running some tests with sys.dm_fts_parser eg something like this: SELECT * FROM sys.dm_fts_parser( '"test a n noise the word"', 1033, 0, 0 )
    – wBob
    Apr 12, 2016 at 15:08
  • I see that only English words are filtered, however the used language is German. Can I change that? Apr 12, 2016 at 18:29
  • LANGUAGE is one of the arguments of the CREATE FULLTEXT INDEX command. I suggest you have a good read over this article.
    – wBob
    Apr 12, 2016 at 22:05

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Simply deactivating the stop list fixed the problems. There may be better solutions but this worked for me.

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