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From "Andrzej Bialecki (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (NUTCH-95) DeleteDuplicates depends on the order of input segments
Date Wed, 28 Dec 2005 07:10:00 GMT
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Andrzej Bialecki  commented on NUTCH-95:

Yes, you are right - we first need to order the segments by date, so that we always keep the
latest revisions of a page (possibly with a lower score, if that's the case...).

> DeleteDuplicates depends on the order of input segments
> -------------------------------------------------------
>          Key: NUTCH-95
>          URL:
>      Project: Nutch
>         Type: Bug
>   Components: indexer
>     Versions: 0.8-dev, 0.6, 0.7
>     Reporter: Andrzej Bialecki 
>     Assignee: Andrzej Bialecki 

> DeleteDuplicates depends on what order the input segments are processed, which in turn
depends on the order of segment dirs returned from NutchFileSystem.listFiles(File). In most
cases this is undesired and may lead to deleting wrong records from indexes. The silent assumption
that segments at the end of the listing are more recent is not always true.
> Here's the explanation:
> * Dedup first deletes the URL duplicates by computing MD5 hashes for each URL, and then
sorting all records by (hash, segmentIdx, docIdx). SegmentIdx is just an int index to the
array of open IndexReaders - and if segment dirs are moved/copied/renamed then entries in
that array may change their  order. And then for all equal triples Dedup keeps just the first
entry. Naturally, if segmentIdx is changed due to dir renaming, a different record will be
kept and different ones will be deleted...
> * then Dedup deletes content duplicates, again by computing hashes for each content,
and then sorting records by (hash, segmentIdx, docIdx). However, by now we already have a
different set of undeleted docs depending on the order of input segments. On top of that,
the same factor acts here, i.e. segmentIdx changes when you re-shuffle the input segment dirs
- so again, when identical entries are compared the one with the lowest (segmentIdx, docIdx)
is picked.
> Solution: use the fetched date from the first record in each segment to determine the
order of segments. Alternatively, modify DeleteDuplicates to use the newer algorithm from
SegmentMergeTool. This algorithm works by sorting records using tuples of (urlHash, contentHash,
fetchDate, score, urlLength). Then:
> 1. If urlHash is the same, keep the doc with the highest fetchDate  (the latest version,
as recorded by Fetcher).
> 2. If contentHash is the same, keep the doc with the highest score, and then if the scores
are the same, keep the doc with the shortest url.
> Initial fix will be prepared for the trunk/ and then backported to the release branch.

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