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From Hannes Mühleisen (Created) (JIRA) <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (ANY23-49) N3/NQ parsers ignoring stopAtFirstError flag
Date Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:15:59 GMT
N3/NQ parsers ignoring stopAtFirstError flag

                 Key: ANY23-49
             Project: Apache Any23
          Issue Type: Bug
         Environment: Any23 0.6.1 and repository
            Reporter: Hannes Mühleisen

The base interface for all RDF parsers ( defines a method setStopAtFirstError.
The documentation for this methods reads as "Sets whether the parser should stop immediately
if it finds an error in the data". This is indeed very useful, as many data sets "out there"
contain an amount of malformed entries.

However, as far as I can tell from the current source code (0.6.1 and SVN trunk), both the
NTriples parser ( and the NQuadsParser
(org.deri.any23.parser.NQuadsParser) ignore this flag. In their respective implementations,
they run through the entire files in an unchecked loop (see

while(parseLine(fileReader)) {

Now, if the parsing of any line in a potential huge file throws an exception, the entire parsing
process stops regardless of the setting of the "stopAtFirstError" flag. I propose these loops
to be changed to honor this flag, so that when it is set to "false", the rest of the line
is discarded and the parsing process can continue with the next line.

I have implemented this behavior on the latest version of NQuadsParser from SVN (r1601), the
source file is attached. I have changed the parseLine() method as follows:

private boolean parseLine(BufferedReader br) throws IOException,
			RDFParseException, RDFHandlerException {
    // [...]
    try {
        // [...]
        // notifiyStatement moved into try block
        notifyStatement(sub, pred, obj, graph);
    } catch (EOS eos) {
        reportFatalError("Unexpected end of line.", row, col);
        throw new IllegalStateException();
    } catch (IllegalArgumentException iae) {
        if (!stopAtFirstError()) {
            // remove remainder of broken line
            // notify parse error listener
            reportError(iae.getMessage(), row, col);
        } else {
            throw new RDFParseException(iae);
    // [...]

private void consumeBrokenLine(BufferedReader br) throws IOException {
    char c;
    while (true) {
        c = readChar(br);
        if (c == '\n') {

It would be great if this or similar changes would find their way into the Any23 parsers.

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