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SMILA/Documentation/Filesystem Crawler

What does FileSystemCrawler do

The FileSystemCrawler collects all files and folders recursively starting from a given directory. Next do the content of files it may gather any file meta information from the following list:

  • size
  • full path
  • file name only
  • file size
  • last modified date
  • file content
  • file extension

Crawling configuration

The configuration file can be found at configuration/org.eclipse.smila.framework/file.

Crawling Configuration explanation

The root element of crawling configuration is CrawlJob and contains the following sub elements:

  • DataSourceID – the identification of a data source
  • SchemaID – specifies the schema for a crawler job
  • DataConnectionID – describes which agent crawler should be used
    • Crawler – implementation class of a Crawler
    • Agent – implementation class of an Agent
  • CompoundHandling – specify if packed data (like a zip containing files) should be unpack and files within should be crawled (YES or NO).
  • Attributes – list all attributes which describe a file. (LastModifiedDate, Filename, Path, Content, Extension, Size)
    • Attribute
      • Type (required) – the data type (String, Integer or Date).
      • Name (required) – attributes name.
      • HashAttribute – specify if a hash should be created (true or false).
      • KeyAttribute – creates a key for this object, for example for record id (true or false).
      • Attachment – specify if the attribute return the data as attachment of record.
  • Process – contains parameters for gathering data.
    • BaseDir – the directory the crawling process begin (if is null, cannot be found/access or is not a directory a CrawlerCriticalException will be thrown).
      • Filter – select file type and crawling mode.
        • Recursive – (true or false).
        • CaseSensitive – true or false
      • Include – file to crawl.
        • Name - String e.g. "*.txt" (crawl all text files). Everything that is not included is excluded automatically. You could use a star * as wildcard.
      • Exclude – files to leave out while crawling.
        • Name – String e.g. "*test*" (leave out all text files which have test in the filename).