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From "Stefan Groschupf (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (NUTCH-133) ParserFactory does not work as expected
Date Tue, 06 Dec 2005 22:04:09 GMT
ParserFactory does not work as expected

         Key: NUTCH-133
     Project: Nutch
        Type: Bug
    Versions: 0.8-dev, 0.7.1, 0.7.2-dev    
    Reporter: Stefan Groschupf
    Priority: Blocker

Marcel Schnippe detect a set of problems until working with different content and parser types,
we worked together to identify the problem source.
>From our point of view this described problems could be the source for many other problems
daily described in the mailing lists.
Find a conclusion of the problems below.

Some servers returns mixed case but correct header keys like 'Content-type' or 'content-Length'
 in the http response header.
That's why for example a get("Content-Type") fails and a page is detected as zip using the
magic content type detection mechanism. 
Also we note that this a common reason why pdf parsing fails since Content-Length does return
the correct value. 

returns "text/HTML" or "application/PDF" or Content-length
or this url:

First just write only lower case keys into the properties and later convert all keys that
are used to query the metadata to lower case as well.
e.g.:, line 353:
use lower cases here and for all keys used to query header properties (also content-length)
change:  String key = line.substring(0, colonIndex); to  String key = line.substring(0, colonIndex)

MimeTypes based discovery (magic and url based) is only done in case the content type was
not delivered by the web server, this happens not that often, mostly this was a problem with
mixed case keys in the header.

 public Content toContent() {
    String contentType = getHeader("Content-Type");
    if (contentType == null) {
      MimeType type = null;
      if (MAGIC) {
        type = MIME.getMimeType(orig, content);
      } else {
        type = MIME.getMimeType(orig);
      if (type != null) {
          contentType = type.getName();
      } else {
          contentType = "";
    return new Content(orig, base, content, contentType, headers);
Use the content-type information as it is from the webserver and move the content type discovering
from Protocol plugins to the Component where the parsing is done - to the ParseFactory.
Than just create a list of parsers for the content type returned by the server and the custom
detected content type. In the end we can iterate over all parser until we got a successfully
parsed status.

Content will be parsed also if the protocol reports a exception and has a non successful status,
in such a case the content is new byte[0] in any case.

Solution:, line 243.
Change:   if (!Fetcher.this.parsing ) { .. to 
 if (!Fetcher.this.parsing || !protocolStatus.isSuccess()) {
       // TODO we may should not write out here emthy parse text and parse date, i suggest
give outputpage a parameter parsed true / false
          outputPage(new FetcherOutput(fle, hash, protocolStatus),
                content, new ParseText(""),
                new ParseData(new ParseStatus(ParseStatus.NOTPARSED), "", new Outlink[0],
new Properties()));
        return null;

Actually the configuration of parser is done based on plugin id's, but one plugin can have
several extentions, so  normally a plugin can provide several parser, but this is no limited
just wrong values are used in the configuration process. 

Change plugin id to  extension id in the parser configuration file and also change this code
in the parser factory to use extension id's everywhere.

there is not a clear differentiation between content type and mime type. 
I'm notice that some plugins call metaData.get("Content-Type) or content.getContentType();
Actually in theory this can return different values, since the content type could be detected
by the MimesTypes util and is not the same as delivered in the http response header.
As mentioned actually content type is only detected by the MimeTypes util in case the header
does not contains any content type informations or had problems with mixed case keys.

Take the content type property out of the meta data and clearly restrict the access of this
meta data into the own getter method.

Most protocol plugins  checking if content type is null only in this case the MimeTypes util
is used. Since my patch move the mime type detection to the parser factory - where from my
point of view - is the right place, it is now unneccary code we can remove from the protocol
plugins. I never found a case where no content type was returned just mixed case keys was

Remove this detection code, since it is now in the parser factory.
I didn't change this since more code I  change, I guess there is a  less chance to get the
patch into the sources, I suggest we open a low priority issue and once we change the plugins
we can remove it.

This is not a problem, but a 'code smells' (Martin Fowler) There are empty test methods in
  /** Test of <code>getExtensions</code> method. */
    public void testGetExtensions() {
Implement these tests or remove the test methods.

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