RSS Scanner (Aspire 2)

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RSS Scanner (Aspire 2)
Factory Name  com.searchtechnologies.aspire:aspire-rss-scanner
subType  default
Inputs  AspireObject from a content source submitter holding all the information required for a crawl
Outputs  Jobs from the crawl

The RSS Scanner component performs crawls content from RSS feeds, maintaining a timestamp of the most recent update time of the feed so it can extract new content later. The component uses the Rome libraries (see here) to read and parse the RSS feeds. The connector is capable of processing more that one feed if required.

This connector only sees new content. It does not perform deletes at all and the stored timestamp is compared to items in the feed to make sure only new content is processed (although all items currently in the feed will be processed in the case of a full crawl). Updated content will only be seen as updated if it appears in the feed with a later timestamp than the timestamp store on disk.

The content is then submitted to the configured pipeline in AspireObjects attached to Jobs. As well as the URL of the changed item, the AspireObject will also contain metadata extracted from the repository. Content will always be seen as added. The content is published as so that it may be handled by Aspire pipelines.

The scanner reacts to an incoming job. This job may instruct the scanner to start, stop, pause or resume. Typically the start job will contain all information required by the job to perform the crawl. However, the scanner can be configured with default values via application.xml file. When pausing or stopping, the scanner will wait until all the jobs it published have completed before completing itself.

NOTE: The RSS Scanner component was written during an Extreme Programming exercise at the company kick-off. We made it available as proof of concept connector. If you find bugs, or if doesn't do what you want, let us know and we'll try to fix it.


This section lists all configuration parameters available to configure the FTP Scanner component.

General Scanner Component Configuration

Basic Scanner Configuration

Element Type Default Description
snapshotDir String snapshots The directory for snapshot files.
numOfSnapshotBackups int 2 The number of snapshots to keep after processing.
waitForSubJobsTimeout long 600000
(=10 mins)
Scanner timeout while waiting for published jobs to complete.
maxOutstandingTimeStatistics long 1m The max about of time to wait before updating the statistics file. Whichever happens first between this property and maxOutstandingUpdatesStatistics will trigger an update to the statistics file.
maxOutstandingUpdatesStatistics long 1000 The max number of files to process before updating the statistics file. Whichever happens first between this property and maxOutstandingTimeStatistics will trigger an update to the statistics file.
usesDomain boolean true Indicates if the group expansion request will use a domain\user format (useful for connectors that does not support domain in the group expander).

Branch Handler Configuration

This component publishes to the onAdd, onDelete and onUpdate, so a branch must be configured for each of these three events.

Element Type Description
branches/branch/@event string The event to configure - onAdd, onDelete or onUpdate.
branches/branch/@pipelineManager string The name of the pipeline manager to publish to. Can be relative.
branches/branch/@pipeline string The name of the pipeline to publish to. If missing, publishes to the default pipeline for the pipeline manager.
branches/branch/@allowRemote boolean Indicates if this pipeline can be found on remote servers (see Distributed Processing for details).
branches/branch/@batching boolean Indicates if the jobs processed by this pipeline should be marked for batch processing (useful for publishers or other components that support batch processing).
branches/branch/@batchSize int The max size of the batches that the branch handler will created.
branches/branch/@batchTimeout long Time to wait before the batch is closed if the batchSize hasn't been reached.
branches/branch/@simultaneousBatches int The max number of simultanous batches that will be handled by the branch handler.

Configuration Example

  <component factoryName="aspire-rss-scanner" name="Scanner" subType="scanner">
      <branch allowRemote="true" batchSize="50" batchTimeout="60000"
        batching="true" event="onAdd" pipeline="addUpdatePipeline"
        pipelineManager="../ProcessPipelineManager" simultaneousBatches="2"/>
      <branch allowRemote="true" batchSize="50" batchTimeout="60000"
        batching="true" event="onUpdate" pipeline="addUpdatePipeline"
        pipelineManager="../ProcessPipelineManager" simultaneousBatches="2"/>
      <branch allowRemote="true" batchSize="50" batchTimeout="60000"
        batching="true" event="onDelete" pipeline="deletePipeline"
        pipelineManager="../ProcessPipelineManager" simultaneousBatches="2"/>
      <branch allowRemote="true" event="onCrawlStart" pipeline="crawlStartEndPipeline"
      <branch allowRemote="true" event="onCrawlEnd" pipeline="crawlStartEndPipeline"

Source Configuration

Scanner Control Configuration

The following table describes the list of attributes that the AspireObject of the incoming scanner job requires to correctly execute and control the flow of a scan process.

Element Type Options Description
@action string start, stop, pause, resume, abort Control command to tell the scanner which operation to perform. Use start option to launch a new crawl.
@actionProperties string full, incremental When a start @action is received, it will tell the scanner to either run a full or an incremental crawl.
@normalizedCSName string Unique identifier name for the content source that will be crawled.
displayName string Display or friendly name for the content source that will be crawled.

Header Example

  <doc action="start" actionProperties="full" actionType="manual" crawlId="0" dbId="0" jobNumber="0" normalizedCSName="FeedOne_Connector"
   scheduleId="0" scheduler="##AspireSystemScheduler##" sourceName="ContentSourceName">

All configuration properties described in this section are relative to /doc/connectorSource of the AspireObject of the incoming Job.

Property Type Default Description
feedUrls/feedUrl (Multiple allowed) string The URL of the RSS feed to crawl
indexContainers boolean false true if folders (as well as files) should be indexed.

Scanner Configuration Example

  <doc action="start" actionProperties="full" actionType="manual" normalizedCSName="FTP_Connector" sourceName="FTP_Connector">

Example Output

    <field name="comments"/>
    <field name="link"></field>
    <field name="description">One man decapitated and several hurt in suspected Islamist attack on factory near Lyon, French sources say.</field>
    <field name="title">'Man decapitated' in French attack</field>
    <field name="uri"></field>
  <connectorSource type="rss">
    <displayName>RSS Connector</displayName>
    <item id="12FEEA65F246F754CD14CDE5AD5029D6" level="1" url=""/>
  <httpResponse code="200" source="FetchURLStage">OK</httpResponse>
  <protocol source="FetchURLStage/protocol">http</protocol>
  <host source="FetchURLStage/host"></host>
  <mimeType source="FetchURLStage/mimeType">text/html</mimeType>
  <encoding source="FetchURLStage/encoding">utf-8</encoding>
  <extension source="FetchURLStage">
    <field name="status">HTTP/1.1 200 OK</field>
    <field name="Server">Apache</field>
    <field name="Content-Type">text/html; charset=utf-8</field>
    <field name="X-News-Data-Centre">cwwtf</field>
    <field name="Content-Language">en-GB</field>
    <field name="X-PAL-Host"></field>
    <field name="X-News-Cache-Id">97231</field>
    <field name="Content-Length">115141</field>
    <field name="Date">Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:59:47 GMT</field>
    <field name="Connection">keep-alive</field>
    <field name="Set-Cookie">BBC-UID=9535987d82a209d365620e344160f72abcd7544074e4c1aeba21b4b40e9538d00Java/1.7.0_67; expires=Tue, 25-Jun-19 09:59:47 GMT; path=/;</field>
    <field name="Cache-Control">private, max-age=60, stale-while-revalidate</field>
    <field name="X-Cache-Action">HIT</field>
    <field name="X-Cache-Hits">54</field>
    <field name="X-Cache-Age">49</field>
    <field name="X-LB-NoCache">true</field>
    <field name="Vary">X-CDN,X-BBC-Edge-Cache,Accept-Encoding</field>
  <title source="ExtractTextStage/title">'Man decapitated' in French attack - BBC News</title>
  <contentType source="ExtractTextStage/Content-Type">text/html; charset=UTF-8</contentType>
  <description source="ExtractTextStage/description">One man decapitated and several hurt in suspected Islamist attack on factory near Lyon, French sources say.</description>
  <extension source="ExtractTextStage">
    <field name="robots">NOODP,NOYDIR</field>
    <field name="og:type">article</field>
    <field name="twitter:title">'Man decapitated' in French attack - BBC News</field>
    <field name="x-audience">Domestic</field>
    <field name="twitter:domain"></field>
    <field name="og:locale">en_GB</field>
    <field name="msapplication-TileImage"></field>
    <field name="x-country">gb</field>
    <field name="cleartype">on</field>
    <field name="og:article:author">BBC News</field>
    <field name="resourceName"></field>
    <field name="CPS_AUDIENCE">Domestic</field>
    <field name="dc:title">'Man decapitated' in French attack - BBC News</field>
    <field name="viewport">width=device-width, initial-scale=1, user-scalable=1</field>
    <field name="twitter:creator">@BBCNews</field>
    <field name="theme-color">#bb1919</field>
    <field name="og:title">'Man decapitated' in French attack - BBC News</field>
    <field name="og:article:section">Europe</field>
    <field name="application-name">BBC News</field>
    <field name="mobile-web-app-capable">yes</field>
    <field name="og:description">One man decapitated and several hurt in suspected Islamist attack on factory near Lyon, French sources say.</field>
    <field name="X-UA-Compatible">IE=edge,chrome=1</field>
    <field name="apple-mobile-web-app-title">BBC News</field>
    <field name="twitter:card">summary_large_image</field>
    <field name="X-Parsed-By">org.apache.tika.parser.DefaultParser</field>
    <field name="og:site_name">BBC News</field>
    <field name="og:url"></field>
    <field name="og:image"></field>
    <field name="msapplication-TileColor">#bb1919</field>
    <field name="Content-Location"></field>
    <field name="Content-Encoding">UTF-8</field>
    <field name="twitter:description">One man decapitated and several hurt in suspected Islamist attack on factory near Lyon, French sources say.</field>
    <field name="twitter:site">@BBCNews</field>
    <field name="twitter:image:src"></field>
  <content source="ExtractTextStage"><![CDATA[
    'Man decapitated' in French attack
        	    26 June 2015
	From the section Europe
        A man has been beheaded and at least one other person injured in a suspected Islamist attack on a factory near the French city of Lyon. 
Several small explosive devices were also set off at the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, sources said. 
The alleged attacker is said to have been carrying an Islamist flag, which was found nearby.
A man has been arrested, officials say.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is  said to be on his way to the scene.

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