Hi Pavel,

What kind of editor are your users using? If they use an XML editor proper, there will probably be a means to jump to a location specified by an XPath expression.

If they are using an ordinary text editor, how do you prevent them from messing up the XML in the first place? Ordinary, non-IT users tend to render XML moot if left without appropriate tooling.

If you are a visual editor that hides the tags, it should be easier to insert error feedback by XPath location than by line number.

Maybe you want to create an HTML rendering of the input where you highlight the errors (using their XPath locations). Then the users have enough context to locate the erroneous piece in the original XML input.

I’m just thinking of workarounds since I assume that the notion of line numbers is not something that can easily be added to the BaseX storage layout. As someone who often deals with non-indented XML files that consist of a single line or with XML that is formatted&indented with varying line lengths, I have come to avoid relying on line number information altogether.


On 16.07.2018 08:45, Павел Павлов wrote:
Thanks for the detailed answer.

Our software is developed in .NET. And we use BaseX as a Xquery processor.
We use fn:path and return path to error element to user. But it's not enough. Our users are ordinary people, not IT, and they want to see in which lines of xml files there are mistakes. Now after execution of xquery by BaseX our application load xml file (in memory to XDocument object from .NET XML) with specified flag SetLineInfo. Then we execute returned xpath to select node in loaded xml file and get line number of selected node. Then we return line number to user. That is, we have to load the file by .NET only to get the line number. If BaseX could do it itself we wouldn't have to load xml file at all. It would be a great benefit for us.

Is it possible to add some _mode_ in BaseX to store line numbers even with additional memory and undefined line numbers on changed or updated xml nodes?

    Пятница, 6 июля 2018, 15:24 +07:00 от Christian Grün

    Hi Symantis,

    The original line numbers are not stored in XML databases (they may
    change after updated, and would consume additional memory), so you
    won’t be able to retrieve them with XQuery.

    As far as I know, this does not work in eXist-db either; the eXist
    link you referenced gives you the line of the util:line-number
    expression in your XQuery module. As Fabrice pointed out (thanks!),
    this could also be realized with $err:line-number.

    With Saxon, it works indeed. However, you’ll need you use the -l
    command line option (otherwise, due to performance considerations,
    line numbers will be discarded as well).

    On query/database level, there are two ways to get a direct reference:
    • With fn:path, you get an XPath expression that points to your node.
    • With db:node-pre [1], you get a direct reference to the node in a


    [1] http://docs.basex.org/wiki/Database_Module#db:node-id

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