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SMILA/5 Minutes Tutorial

On this page we describe the necessary steps to install and run SMILA in order to create a search index on the SMILA Eclipsepedia pages and search them.

If you have any troubles or the results differ from what is described here, check the FAQ.

Supported Platforms

The following platforms are supported:

  • Linux 32 Bit
  • Linux 64 Bit
  • Mac OS X 64 Bit (Cocoa)
  • Windows 32 Bit
  • Windows 64 Bit

Download and start SMILA

Download the SMILA package matching your operation system and unpack it to an arbitrary folder. This will result in the following folder structure:



To be able to start SMILA, check the following preconditions first:


You will have to provide a JRE executable to be able to run SMILA. The JVM version should be Java 7 (or newer). You may either:

  • add the path of your local JRE executable to the PATH environment variable
  • add the argument -vm <path/to/jre/executable> right at the top of the file SMILA.ini.
    Make sure that -vm is indeed the first argument in the file, that there is a line break after it and that there are no leading or trailing blanks. It should look similar to the following:


When using Linux, make sure that the file SMILA has executable permissions. If not, set the permission by running the following commands in a console:

chmod +x ./SMILA


When using MAC, switch to and set the permission by running the following command in a console:

chmod a+x ./SMILA


To start SMILA, simply start the SMILA executable.

You can see that SMILA has fully started if the following line is printed on the OSGI console:

 HTTP server started successfully on port 8080

and you can access SMILA's REST API at http://localhost:8080/smila/.

If it doesn't work, check the log file (SMILA.log) for possible errors.


To stop SMILA, type exit into the OSGI console and press Enter:

 osgi> exit

Start Indexing Job and Crawl Import

Now we're going to crawl and process the SMILA Eclipsepedia pages, Finally we index and search them by using the embedded Solr integration.

Install a REST client

We're going to use SMILA's REST API to start and stop jobs, so you need a REST client. In REST Tools you find a selection of recommended browser plugins if you haven't got a suitable REST client yet.

Start the indexing job run

We are going to start the predefined indexing job "indexUpdate" based on the predefined asynchronous workflow with the same name. This indexing job will process the imported data.

Use your favorite REST Client to start a job run for the job "indexUpdate":

 POST http://localhost:8080/smila/jobmanager/jobs/indexUpdate/

Your REST client will show a result like this:

  "jobId" : "20110901-121343613053",
  "url" : "http://localhost:8080/smila/jobmanager/jobs/indexUpdate/20110901-121343613053/"

You will need the job run id ("jobId") later on to finish the job run. The job run Id can also be found via the monitoring API for the job:

 GET http://localhost:8080/smila/jobmanager/jobs/indexUpdate/

In the SMILA.log file you will see a message like that:

 INFO ... internal.JobRunEngineImpl   - started job run '20110901-121343613053' for job 'indexUpdate'

Further information: The "indexUpdate" workflow uses the ScriptProcessorWorker that executes the JavaScript "add.js" workflow. So, the synchronous script call is embedded in the asynchronous "indexUpdate" workflow. For more details about the "indexUpdate" workflow and "indexUpdate" job definitions see SMILA/configuration/org.eclipse.smila.jobmanager/workflows.json and jobs.json). For more information about job management in general please check the JobManager documentation.

Start the crawl job run

Now that the indexing job is running we need to push some data to it. There is a predefined job for importing the SMILA Wiki pages which we are going to start right now.

 POST http://localhost:8080/smila/jobmanager/jobs/crawlSmilaWiki/

This starts the job crawlSmilaWiki, which crawls the SMILA Wiki starting with and (by applying the configured filters) following only links that have the same prefix. All pages crawled matching this prefix will be pushed to the import job.

Both job runs can be monitored via SMILA's REST API:

The crawling of the SMILA Wiki pages should take some time. If all pages are processed, the status of the crawlSmilaWiki's job run will change to SUCCEEDED. You can continue with the SMILA search (next chapter) to find out if some of the pages have already made their way into the Solr index.

Further information: For more information about importing and crawl jobs please see SMILA Importing . For more information on jobs and tasks in general visit the JobManager manual.

Search the index

To have a look at the index state, e.g. how many documents are already indexed, call:


To search the created index, point your browser to



There are currently two stylesheets from which you can select by clicking the respective links in the upper left corner of the header bar: The Default stylesheet shows a reduced search form with text fields like Query, Result Size, and Index, adequate to query the full-text content of the indexed documents. The Advanced stylesheet in turn provides a more detailed search form with text fields for meta-data search like for example Path, MimeType, Filename, and other document attributes.

To use the Default Stylesheet:

  1. Point your browser to http://localhost:8080/SMILA/search.
  2. Enter the search term(s) into the Query text field (e.g. "SMILA").
  3. Click OK to send your query to SMILA.

To use the Advanced Stylesheet:

  1. Point your browser to http://localhost:8080/SMILA/search.
  2. Click Advanced to switch to the detailed search form.
  3. For example, to find a file by its name, enter the file name into the Filename text field, then click OK to submit your search.

Stop indexing job run

Although there's no need for it, we can finish our previously started indexing job run via REST client now: (replace <job-id> with the job run id you got before when you started the job run).

 POST http://localhost:8080/smila/jobmanager/jobs/indexUpdate/<job-id>/finish  

You can monitor the job run via your browser to see that it has finished successfully:

 GET http://localhost:8080/smila/jobmanager/jobs/indexUpdate/<job-id>

In the SMILA.log file you will see messages like this:

INFO ... internal.JobRunEngineImpl   - finish called for job 'indexUpdate', run '20110901-141457584011'
INFO ... internal.JobRunEngineImpl   - Completing job run '20110901-141457584011' for job 'indexUpdate' with final state SUCCEEDED

Congratulations, you've just finished the tutorial!

You crawled the SMILA Wiki, indexed the pages and searched through them. For more, just continue with the chapter below or visit the SMILA Documentation.

Further steps

Crawl the filesystem

SMILA has also a predefined job to crawl the file system ("crawlFilesystem"), but you will have to either adapt the predefined job to point it to a valid folder in your filesystem or create your own job.

We will settle for the second option, because it does not need that you stop and restart SMILA.

Create your Job

POST the following job description to SMILA's Job API. Adapt the rootFolder parameter to point to an existing folder on your machine where you have placed some files (e.g. plain text, office docs or HTML files). If your path includes backslashes, escape them with an additional backslash, e.g. c:\\data\\files.

POST http://localhost:8080/smila/jobmanager/jobs/

Hint: Not all file formats are supported by SMILA out-of-the-box. Have a look here for details.

Start your jobs

  • Start the indexUpdate job (see Start indexing job run), if you have already stopped it. (If it is still running, that's fine)

  POST http://localhost:8080/smila/jobmanager/jobs/indexUpdate/

  • Start your crawlFilesAtData job. This new job behaves just like the web crawling job we used above, but its run time might be shorter, depending on how much data actually is at your rootFolder.

 POST http://localhost:8080/smila/jobmanager/jobs/crawlFilesAtData/

Search for your new data

  1. After the job run's finished, wait a bit, then check whether the data has been indexed (see Search the index).
  2. It is also a good idea to check the log file for errors.

5 more minutes to change the workflow

The 5 more minutes to change the workflow show how you can configure the system so that data from different data sources will go through different workflows and scripts and will be indexed into different indices.

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