Yesterday the whole day was spent in trying to go through the Nutch source code. Chris and Ashish helped me out alongwith this link
Dissecting the Nutch Crawler
. This showed me that :
The file has a reference to the “content” variable (which is of type Content). I found that initially only the URLs are stored during the crawl, then a request is sent. Then based on the MIME type of the content returned, the ParserFactory class creates a parser (html parser, pdf parser etc.). The code for these parsers can be found at nutch-0.6/src/plugin/. These plugins do the parsing and get the content as a “Parse” object. Using the Parse.getText() method (which we also felt was interesting) we can get the text content of any page!!!!!