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WITH * causes Cypher query to short circuit

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I have a (relatively) nontrivial cypher query, but I have reduced it down to a small example that still breaks:

CALL db.index.fulltext.queryNodes("MyIndexName", "'My Search Phrase'~0.8")
YIELD node
WITH *, collect(node) as nodes
RETURN nodes

The problem is that when nodes is an empty list (the index search returned no results) the rest of my query does not execute when I include a with *. If I omit the with *, then the query would correctly return the empty list nodes = [].

Any ideas as to why this might be happening?


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This is a normal behavior, because WITH * in your case is equivalent to WITH node,
and if node return nothing, so everything else returns nothing, because WITH clause works like RETURN, therefore your query is equivalent to:

CALL db.index.fulltext.queryNodes("MyIndexName", "'My Search Phrase'~0.8") yield node 
return node, collect(node) as nodes