In the final analysis, I suspect the problem had to do with the order
and way in which Digester is pushing and popping to/from the stack,
and not with ObjectCreationFactory.

The solution I eventually came up with (my this is a quiet list!) was a
refactoring of my approach, using a single Rule at the /schema/types
element and at each of its possible child elements in order to gather
the appropriate data. Here's the code, in case anyone out there is
listening (or for the sake of anyone who ends up with a similar problem
and finds this in the mailing list archive):

        FieldTypeAnalyzerMappingRule ftamRule = \
                new FieldTypeAnalyzerMappingRule();
        digester.addObjectCreate( prefix + "/types", HashMap.class );
        digester.addRule(prefix + "/types", ftamRule);
        digester.addRule(prefix + "/types/fieldtype", ftamRule);
        digester.addRule(prefix + "/types/fieldtype/analyzer", ftamRule);
        digester.addSetNext( prefix + "/types", "setFieldTypeAnalyzerMap" );

public class FieldTypeAnalyzerMappingRule extends Rule
        protected static HashMap<String, HashMap<String, String>> \
        protected static String fieldType;
        protected static HashMap<String, String> analyzerClassMap;

        public FieldTypeAnalyzerMappingRule()
                // empty

        public void begin(String namespace, String name, Attributes attrs)
                if (name.equals("types")) {
                        fieldTypeAnalyzerMap = \
                                (HashMap<String, HashMap<String, 
                else if (name.equals("fieldtype")) {
                        fieldType = attrs.getValue("name");
                        analyzerClassMap = new HashMap<String, String>();
                else if (name.equals("analyzer")) {
                        if (attrs != null) {
                                String type = null, className = null;
                                type = attrs.getValue("type");
                                className = attrs.getValue("class");
                                if (type == null) {
                                else {
                                        analyzerClassMap.put(type, className);
                // push the fieldTypeAnalyzerMap back onto the stack:
                // this is the only way I can think of to make sure it's
                // available (and populated) when we leave the "types"
                // element (see the end() method for more detail)

        public void end(String namespace, String name)
                if (name.equals("fieldtype")) {
                        fieldTypeAnalyzerMap.put(fieldType, analyzerClassMap);
                // remove the fieldTypeAnalyzerMap from the Digester stack
                // unless we are leaving the "types" element:
                // in that case we want it to remain on the stack so that it can
                // be used by ContentMeta.setFieldTypeAnalyzerMap
                // when we call digester.addSetNext
                if (!name.equals("types")) {

-- RW

On Tue, 26 Jun 2007, Robert Watkins wrote:

This one's been dogging me for hours, and as I've been unable to find an
answer on the web, it's to the community I go!

A relevant XML fragment is as follows:

                <fieldtype name="analyzedField" class="solr.TextField">
                        <analyzer type="index" class="&index_analyzer;" />
                        <analyzer type="query" class="&query_analyzer;" />
                <fieldtype name="verbatimField" class="solr.StrField">

In my code I've got:

        digester.addObjectCreate("/schema/types", HashMap.class);
        digester.addCallMethod("/schema/types/fieldtype", "put", 2);
        digester.addCallParam("/schema/types/fieldtype", 0, "name");
        digester.addCallParam("/schema/types/fieldtype", 1, "class");
        digester.addSetNext("/schema/types", "setFieldClasses");

So far, this works fine, passing the created HashMap to the
setFieldClasses() method of the top-level object.

What I want to do is also create a HashMap which has the name attribute
of the fieldtype element as its key, and as its value another HashMap,
this time with the type and class of the analyzer element as key and

As the XML fragment shows, not all fieldtype elements have child
elements of the type analyzer (and another possibility is a single
analyzer child with no type attribute, just class). As such, I attempted
to use Digester.addFactoryCreate() to generate the data:

        ObjectCreationFactory analyzerClassMapCreationFactory = \
                new AnalyzerClassMapCreationFactory();
        digester.addFactoryCreate("/schema/types/fieldtype/analyzer", \
        digester.addSetNext("/schema/types/fieldtype", \

These lines were placed just before the digester.addSetNext() line from
the previous block. As well, the code for the ObjectCreationFactory
implementation is as follows:

        public class AnalyzerClassMapCreationFactory \
                extends AbstractObjectCreationFactory
                public AnalyzerClassMapCreationFactory()
                public String getFieldTypeName()
                        HashMap fieldClassMap = (HashMap)digester.peek(0);
                        String fieldTypeName = \
                        return fieldTypeName;
                public Object createObject(Attributes attributes)
                        throws Exception
                        HashMap<String, String> analyzerClassMap = \
                                new HashMap<String, String>();
                        String type = null, className = null;
                        if (attributes != null) {
                                type = attributes.getValue("type");
                                className = attributes.getValue("class");
                                if (type == null) {
analyzerClassMap.put("index", className); analyzerClassMap.put("query", className);
                                else {
analyzerClassMap.put(type, className);
                        String fieldTypeName = this.getFieldTypeName();
HashMap<String, HashMap<String, String>> fieldTypeAnalyzerMap = \ new HashMap<String, HashMap<String, String>>(); fieldTypeAnalyzerMap.put(fieldTypeName, analyzerClassMap);
                        return fieldTypeAnalyzerMap;

I realize one of the problems may have to do with the digester.peek()
call, but even if I don't use that and use a debug String in its place,
I get the same problem.

The problem is that the previously created HashMap (from the
setFieldClasses() call) is no longer created. Indeed, it appears that
the createObject() method of my ObjectCreationFactory implementation is
never called, and certainly the setFieldTypeAnalyzerMap() method is never

Any guidance would be appreciated. Thanks,
-- Robert

Robert Watkins

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