Mynij Milestone 5: Sitemap Generation Engine

With the sitemap generation engine, one can generate a content source for the Mynij PWA. This sitemap generation engine is provided as a nodejs application. Automated deployment of thousands of sitemap generations is made possible with SlapOS profile.
  • Last Update:2021-02-22
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The goal of this Milestone is to implement and a sitemap generation engine and deploy it with SlapOS. SlapOS is a general purpose operating system usable on distributed POSIX infrastructures (Linux, xBSD) to provide and manage software services without the need for virtualization.

This work provide an opensource app for crawling any website and generate sitemap without limitation as we can see with online crawler solutions. The main purpose is to use crawled sitemap into Mynij.

Sitemap generator

Mynij-crawler is a NodeJS application that was developed for crawling site, it uses simplecrawler API to fetch website content and build sitemap XML file. Source code can be found here:

To run the crawler with NodeJS:

$ git clone
$ cd mynij-crawler && npm install
# crawl
$ nodejs crawler.js -l -d 3 -f nexedi.xml
crawled 515 urls
$ cat nexedi.xml 

The file nexedi.xml is the sitemap generated, this file can be placed in a http server and used to configure a new Mynij index source.

Slapos Integration

Mynij-crawler deployment with Slapos expose the app as a service, with an http server for downloading sitemap files. The deployment is automatized through Slapos recipes, and we just have to request a new crawler service with the list of websites to generate sitemap as service parameter.

This service deploy a cron job which build sitemap in backgound and expose the generated file to http server. Another service parameter can define the re-crawl periodicity, this mean after a specified amount of days, the sitemap will be updated automatically by the cron (useful to get new published links in the website).

Jscrawler for slapos was released with slapos 1.0.177, and can be deployed as a service in Vifib cloud. To learn how to request an instance in Vifib, please check this documentation:

Published parameters of the service are:

  • url: URL for http file server, this link can be used to download sitemap, for example, can be used in Mynij to add source.
  • monitor-setup-url: Monitoring URL used to check the health of the instance in SlapOS.

Custom deployment with SlapOS

Crawler software release can also be deployed in a personal server (deployment below was tested on Ubuntu18.04 and debian), a playbook made with Ansible install Slapos using only a single line installer.

$ sudo su
# wget && bash slapos-standalone

Request the crawler software release

# slapos supply local_computer
# tail -f /opt/slapos/log/slapos-node-software.log

The software release will be downloaded from slapos cache and stored in your local slapos installation. Wen finished, you can now deploy the instance.

# cat << EOF >
# update this variable to add more urls
crawl_urls = """
parameter_dict = {
  'urls': crawl_urls,
  'crawl-periodicity': 7
  filter_kw={'computer_guid': 'local_computer'},
   '_': json.dumps(parameter_dict, sort_keys=True, indent=2),

Request instance is done with this command:

# cat | slapos console

This command can be re-run to update parameters or to get instance connection parameters. To add more url to the crawler, simply update "crawl_urls" variable in and call request command again.

To check the status of running services, 'slapos node status' command can be used.

# slapos node status
slappart0:bootstrap-monitor                                               EXITED    Feb 11 07:49 PM
slappart0:certificate_authority-4aac66f1fdf55f4caf33402f74c27f48-on-watch RUNNING   pid 22100, uptime 16:42:24
slappart0:crond-4aac66f1fdf55f4caf33402f74c27f48-on-watch                 RUNNING   pid 22104, uptime 16:42:24
slappart0:http-server-on-watch                                            RUNNING   pid 22101, uptime 16:42:24
slappart0:monitor-httpd-4aac66f1fdf55f4caf33402f74c27f48-on-watch         RUNNING   pid 22099, uptime 16:42:24
slappart0:monitor-httpd-graceful                                          EXITED    Feb 11 07:49 PM
slapproxy                                                                 RUNNING   pid 1696, uptime 1 day, 1:04:45
watchdog                                                                  RUNNING   pid 1693, uptime 1 day, 1:04:45


After runing request intance command again, connection parameters bellow are showed

# cat | slapos console
{'_': '{"url": "https://[fd46::b83d]:9083", "monitor-setup-url": "[fd46::b83d]:8196/public/feeds&username=admin&password=smikdrlx", "monitor-base-url": "https://[fd46::b83d]:8196"}'}

It's now possible to open url https://[fd46::b83d]:9083 in a browser to check crawled sitemaps when they are finished.

Sitemap generator software release test suite

The Jscrawler Software Release test suite run on every commit on slapos to ensure that the latest code is working as expected. Each test, build the Software Release from scratch, create instances with various parameters and assert that instance is functional with the provided parameters.


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  • Alain Takoudjou
  • alain (dot) takoudjou (at) nexedi (dot) com
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  • Jean-Paul Smets is the founder and CEO of Nexedi. After graduating in mathematics and computer science at ENS (Paris), he started his career as a civil servant at the French Ministry of Economy. He then left government to start a small company called “Nexedi” where he developed his first Free Software, an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) designed to manage the production of swimsuits in the not-so-warm but friendly north of France. ERP5 was born. In parallel, he led with Hartmut Pilch (FFII) the successful campaign to protect software innovation against the dangers of software patents. The campaign eventually succeeeded by rallying more than 100.000 supporters and thousands of CEOs of European software companies (both open source and proprietary). The Proposed directive on the patentability of computer-implemented inventions was rejected on 6 July 2005 by the European Parliament by an overwhelming majority of 648 to 14 votes, showing how small companies can together in Europe defeat the powerful lobbying of large corporations. Since then, he has helped Nexedi to grow either organically or by investing in new ventures led by bright entrepreneurs.