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From Yang Sun <>
Subject Question on Lucene when indexing big pdf files
Date Wed, 20 Aug 2003 06:59:33 GMT
    I am a newbie on Lucene. Now I want to index all my harddisk contents for searching, these
includes html file, pdf file, word file and etc. But I have encounter a problem when I try
to index pdf files, I need your help.
    My environment is lucene-1.3-rc (lucene-1.2 has also been tried), jdk1.4.02, pdfbox-0.62.
I try to index all my pdfs. There seems no error when executing the indexing (I use StandardAnalyzer,
you can refer to my sources in the attachment). But when I search using the keyword, I find
a lot of useless results. The pdf haven't contain the content I want. Can you help me with
this problem.
    In my attachment, I put my source files and the test pdf files. After I use my program
to index these three pdf files, it seems all right then. But when I search the result using
keyword "cisco" based on the indexing result, I get three Hits as the result. But two of the
results do not contain the keyword "cisco", they are useless. I wonder if the pdfbox wrong,
so I print out the indexed content, it also does not contain the keyword "cisco". I use Luke
and my searcher program as the searching client, it seems no problem.
    Can anyone help me? Or any comments on this problem. Everyone is welcome. My email is

PS: sorry, I can not attach the files, this mailing list can not hold attachment? So I have
to put my source codes here. My three test pdf files are totally 100k, if someone would like
to help me test it, I will be very appreciate.

import org.apache.lucene.index.IndexWriter;
import org.apache.lucene.analysis.standard.StandardAnalyzer;
import java.util.Date;
 * FileName:
 * User: Administrator
 * Date: 2003-8-19
 * Time: 23:18:30
 * Functions:
public class IndexPDF {
  File indexFiles;            //the file or directory we want to index
  public static void indexDocs(IndexWriter writer, File file) throws Exception {
    if (file.isDirectory()) {
      String[] files = file.list();
      for (int i = 0; i < files.length; i++) {
        indexDocs(writer, new File(file, files[i]));
    } else if (file.getPath().endsWith(".pdf")) {
      System.out.println("adding " + file);
    } else {
      System.out.println("Ignoring " + file);
  public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
    if (args.length != 1) {
      System.out.println("Usage: IndexPDF <file/directory>");
    try {
      Date start = new Date();
      IndexWriter writer = new IndexWriter("E:/Index", new StandardAnalyzer(), true);
      indexDocs(writer, new File(args[0]));
      Date end = new Date();
      System.out.println(end.getTime() - start.getTime());
      System.out.println(" total milliseconds");
    } catch (Exception e) {
      System.out.println(" caught a " + e.getClass() +
          "\n with message: " + e.getMessage());

import org.apache.lucene.document.Document;
import org.apache.lucene.document.Field;
import org.pdfbox.pdfparser.PDFParser;
import org.pdfbox.pdmodel.PDDocument;
import org.pdfbox.util.PDFTextStripper;
import net.vicp.resshare.weblucene.document.PDFDocument;
 * FileName:
 * User: Administrator
 * Date: 2003-8-19
 * Time: 23:20:54
 * Functions:
public class PdfDocument {
  /* lucene object which represent a single data file */
  static Document doc = new Document();
  public static Document Document(File f ) {
    //set relative path to the path field in lucene
    doc.add(Field.UnIndexed("path", f.getPath()));
    System.out.println("Path is " + f.getPath());
    // use 10000 as the limit for temporary use
    doc.add(Field.Text("content", getPDFContent(f)));
    doc.add(Field.UnIndexed("filetype", "pdf"));
    doc.add(Field.UnIndexed("title", f.getName()));
    return doc;
   * get the text content from the specified pdf file.
   * @param f the pdf we should extract the content
   * @return  the string contains the pdf content
  private static String getPDFContent(File f) {
    byte[] contents = null;
    try {
      FileInputStream is = new FileInputStream(f);
      PDFParser parser = new PDFParser( is );
      PDDocument nbsp = parser.getPDDocument();
      ByteArrayOutputStream out = new ByteArrayOutputStream();
      OutputStreamWriter writer = new OutputStreamWriter( out );
      PDFTextStripper stripper = new PDFTextStripper();
      stripper.writeText(nbsp.getDocument(), writer);
      contents = out.toByteArray();
    } catch (Exception e) {
      return "";
    String ts = new String(contents);
    System.out.println("the string length is"+contents.length+"\n");
    return ts;

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