blitzblade blitzblade - 24 days ago 4x
Python Question

unable to save data in datastore but no errors

I'm building a web crawler. some of the the data I input into datastore get saved, others do not get saved and I have no idea what is the problem.

here is my crawler class

class Crawler(object):

def get_page(self, url):
req = urllib2.Request(url, headers={'User-Agent': "Magic Browser"}) # yessss!!! with the header, I am able to download pages
#response = urlfetch.fetch(url, method='GET')
#return response.content
#except urlfetch.InvalidURLError as iu:
# return iu.message
response = urllib2.urlopen(req)

except urllib2.HTTPError as e:
return e.reason

def get_all_links(self, page):
return re.findall('http[s]?://(?:[a-zA-Z]|[0-9]|[$-_@.&+]|[!*\(\),]|(?:%[0-9a-fA-F][0-9a-fA-F]))+',page)

def union(self, lyst1, lyst2):
for elmt in lyst2:
if elmt not in lyst1:
return lyst1
except e:
return e.reason

#function that crawls the web for links starting from the seed
#returns a dictionary of index and graph
def crawl_web(self, seed=""):
query = Listings.query() #create a listings object from storage
if query.get():
objListing = query.get()
objListing = Listings()
objListing.toCrawl = [seed]
objListing.Crawled = []

start_time =
while < datetime.timedelta(0,5):#tocrawl (to crawl can take forever)
#while True:
page = objListing.toCrawl.pop()

if page not in objListing.Crawled:
content = self.get_page(page)
add_page_to_index(page, content)
outlinks = self.get_all_links(content)
graph = Graph() #create a graph object with the url
graph.url = page
graph.links = outlinks #save all outlinks as the value part of the graph url

self.union(objListing.toCrawl, outlinks)
return False

objListing.put() #save to database
return True #return true if it works

the classes that define the various ndb Models are in this python module:

import os
import urllib
from google.appengine.ext import ndb
import webapp2

class Listings(ndb.Model):
toCrawl = ndb.StringProperty(repeated=True)
Crawled = ndb.StringProperty(repeated=True)

#let's see how this works

class Index(ndb.Model):
keyword = ndb.StringProperty() # keyword part of the index
url = ndb.StringProperty(repeated=True) # value part of the index

#class Links(ndb.Model):
# links = ndb.JsonProperty(indexed=True)

class Graph(ndb.Model):
url = ndb.StringProperty()
links = ndb.StringProperty(repeated=True)

it used to work fine when I had JsonProperty in place of StringProperty(repeated=true). but JsonProperty is limited to 1500 bytes so I had an error once.

now, when I run the crawl_web member function, it actually crawls but when I check datastore it's only the Index entity that is created. No Graph, no Listing. please help. thanks.


Putting your code together, adding the missing imports, and logging the exception, eventually shows the first killer problem:

Exception Indexed value links must be at most 500 characters

and indeed, adding a logging of outlinks, one easily eyeballs that several of them are far longer than 500 characters -- therefore they can't be items in an indexed property, such as a StringProperty. Changing each repeated StringProperty to a repeated TextProperty (so it does not get indexed and thus has no 500-characters-per-item limitation), the code runs for a while (making a few instances of Graph) but eventually dies with:

An error occured while connecting to the server: Unable to fetch URL: https://sb':'http://b')+'';document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s); Error: [Errno 8] nodename nor servname provided, or not known

and indeed, it's pretty obvious tht the alleged "link" is actually a bunch of Javascript and as such cannot be fetched.

So, essentially, the core bug in your code is not at all related to app engine, but rather, the issue is that your regular expression:


does not properly extract outgoing links given a web page containing Javascript as well as HTML.

There are many issues with your code, but to this point they're just slowing it down or making it harder to understand, not killing it -- what's killing it is using that regular expression pattern to try and extract links from the page.

Check out retrieve links from web page using python and BeautifulSoup -- most answers suggest, for the purpose of extracting links from a page, using BeautifulSoup, which may perhaps be a problem in app engine, but one shows how to do it with just Python and REs.