Disable dictionaries 

If your organization no longer operates in specific geographies, you can streamline the operation of the Search application by disabling any dictionaries that are no longer needed.

Before you begin

When using administrative commands, use the IBM WAS wsadmin client. See Starting the wsadmin client for details.


To remove a dictionary from the list of enabled dictionaries...

    If prompted to specify a service to connect to, type 1 to pick the first node in the list. Most commands can run on any node. If the command writes or reads information to or from a file using a local file path, pick the node where the file is stored.

  1. Check out the Search cell-level configuration file using the following command:

      SearchCellConfig.checkOutConfig("<working_dir>", "<cellName>")


      • <working_dir> is the temporary directory to which you want to check out the cell level configuration file. This directory must exist on the server where you are running the wsadmin client. Use forward slashes to separate directories in the file path, even if you are using the Microsoft Windows operating system.

          Note: AIX and Linux only: The directory must grant write permissions or the command will not run successfully.

      • <cellName> is the name of the cell that the Search node belongs to. This argument is required. It is also case-sensitive, so type it with care. If you do not know the cell name, you can determine it by typing the following command in the wsadmin command processor:

          print AdminControl.getCell()

      For example:

      SearchCellConfig.checkOutConfig("c:/search_temp", "SearchServerNode01Cell")

  2. To disable a dictionary, use the following command:

      SearchCellConfig.disableDictionary(String languageCode)

        Disables the specified LanguageWare dictionary.

        This command accepts one argument:

        • languageCode. The language code for the dictionary that you want to delete. This argument is a string value.

            The language code typically comprises two letters conforming to the ISO standard 639-1:2002 that identifies the primary language of the dictionary. However, there are some codes that additionally define a country or variant, in which case these constituent parts are separated by a hyphen. For example, Portuguese has two variants, one for Portugal (pt-PT) and one for Brazil (pt-BR).

        For example:


  3. Check in the changed configuration property keys using the following wsadmin client command:


  4. To exit the wsadmin client, type exit at the prompt.

  5. Stop the server or servers hosting the Search application, delete the index, and then restart the Search servers.

      The next time the scheduled task runs, it recreates the index.

Parent topic

Configure dictionaries for Search

Related tasks

Enable dictionaries
Listing enabled dictionaries
Setting the default dictionary

Related reference
SearchCellConfig commands
Search language dictionaries