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In Metadata: _all Field, we explained that the special
_all field indexes the values
from all other fields as one big string.
Having all fields indexed into one
field is not terribly flexible, though. It would be nice to have one custom
_all field for the person’s name, and another custom
_all field for the
With this mapping in place, we can query the
first_name field for first
last_name field for last name, or the
full_name field for first
and last names.
Mappings of the
last_name fields have no bearing
on how the
full_name field is indexed. The
full_name field copies the
string values from the other two fields, then indexes them according to the
mapping of the
full_name field only.
copy_to setting will not work on a multi-field. If you attempt
to configure your mapping this way, Elasticsearch will throw an exception.
Why? Multi-fields are simply indexing the "main" field a different way; they don’t
have their own source. Which means there is no source to
copy_to a different
You can easily
copy_to the "main" field to achieve the same effect: