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From David Luu <>
Subject Re: Plan to use XPath Extractor to extract multiple matches but get single match only during execution?
Date Tue, 25 Oct 2011 22:38:24 GMT
JMeter v2.5 on Windows

Added debug sampler, it did indeed match one only (the first item in
shopping list, top down order):


Attached is HTML from the HTTP sampler response of the shopping cart page
for which we extract the data. I did a text search on "removeItemLink" and
did get 3 entries for the link for 3 cart items.

I also did a test replacing XPath extractor with regex extractor and used
this pattern to do a global/multi match against:


granted if the HTML attribute order ever changed, it would break the regex
but wouldn't break XPath.

In the replacement, I left everything else intact, and used same variable
name for the cart items IDs. The regex version worked fine, getting all 3
cart items.

So there's no loop problem for sure. Seems to be an XPath extractor problem

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Deepak Shetty <> wrote:

> what version of Jmeter?
> Dont go by Firebug it looks at the DOM whereas JMeter will have to look at
> the source html .
> Add a Debug Sampler under your HTTP Sampler and also add a view results
> tree
> listener.
> If your debug sampler shows your multiple values correctly the problem is
> in
> the loop
> If your debug sampler only shows a single value , then you need to look at
> the HTML response (in view results tree listener) that your xpath extractor
> is a child of and see if you have multiple nodes satisfying your condition
> or your HTML is different from what you expect.
> If the HTML looks right , then upload a copy of the html and send the link
> regards
> deepak
> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM, David Luu <> wrote:
> > Hi, just wanted to check to see if I misconfigured something or XPath
> > defined correctly. Here's the setup:
> >
> > We have HTTP request sampler to hit user's shopping cart that returns
> > in response. The HTML is dynamic based on what user already has in cart.
> >
> > I want the JMeter test to remove items in cart, and we do that by
> fetching
> > the item ID stored in the links to then remove item by make HTTP POST in
> > another sampler with the item ID. The XPath is as follows:
> >
> > //a[@class='removeItemLink']/@id
> >
> > We identify the item ID as an attribute in links with class type
> > 'removeItemLink'. Unfortunately, or to play it safe, we don't know if the
> > generated HTML always has same fixed pattern text of whether the class
> > attribute is always before or after the ID attribute, hence I chose to
> use
> > XPath extractor rather than a regular expression extractor to get the ID.
> > ID
> > value is also dynamic and may not be fixed length.
> >
> > I enabled Tidy with quiet mode. Later also enabled report errors show
> > warnings, and disabled quiet mode, those options didn't help. The UI and
> > the
> > docs don't mention anything about settings to match once or match all,
> etc.
> > So believe matching number determined by the XPath expression.
> >
> > used XPath extracted variable reference name ORDERITEMIDS
> >
> > and then had a ForEach controller run a HTTP request sampler to POST to
> > to remove items. But during execution, it only ran once, but it did work
> > correctly for the one item that it extracted. ForEach controller
> configured
> > as follows:
> >
> > input var prefix = ORDERITEMIDS
> > output var name = returnVar
> > checked add "_" before number
> >
> > and in HTTP sampler inside the foreach, reference variable as
> ${returnVar}
> >
> > I tested the XPath with Firebug in Firefox and it matched all the items
> in
> > the cart unlike JMeter, and I know the basics of XPath, and that appears
> to
> > be the correct XPath.
> >
> > So is this a bug with JMeter or am I doing something wrong? Or wrong
> XPath
> > somehow still?
> >
> > Regards,
> > David
> >

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