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       elektra-plugins - plugins overview

       Plugins  can  be  mounted  into  the  KDB and can access or manipulate the KeySet on every

       Multiple plugins can be mounted into the  key  data  base  On  every
       access   to   the   key   data   base   they   are   executed  and  thus  can  change  the
       functionality.Elektra already has a wide range of different plugins.  The  plugin  folders
       should  contain a with further information. (Or follow links below.) The plugins

       For background information see elektra-plugins-framework(7)


       All plugins implement the same interface:

       ·   kdbOpen()  calls  elektraPluginOpen()  of  every  plugin  to   let   them   do   their

       ·   kdbGet() requests elektraPluginGet() of every plugin in the queried backends to return
           a key set.

       ·   kdbSet() usually calls elektraPluginSet() of every plugin in the queried  backends  to
           store the configuration.

       ·   kdbSet()  also  calls  elektraPluginError()  for  every  plugin when an error happens.
           Because of elektraPluginError(), plugins are  guaranteed  to  have  their  chance  for
           necessary cleanups.

       ·   kdbClose()   makes  sure  that  plugins  can  finally  free  their  own  resources  in


       ·   To list all plugins use kdb-list(1)

       ·   To check a plugin use kdb-check(1)

       ·   For information on a plugin use kdb-info(1)

       ·   For mount plugin(s) use kdb-mount(1)

See also

       For  an  easy  introduction,  see  this  tutorial  how   to   write   a   storage   plugin
       /doc/tutorials/  For  more  background  information  of  the  plugin framework,
       continue  here  /doc/help/  Otherwise,  you  can  visit  the  the  API


       Before  configuration  is  actually written, the file name needs to be determined (will be
       automatically added by kdb mount):

       ·   resolver resolver/ uses POSIX APIs to handle conflicts gracefully

       ·   wresolver wresolver/ minimalistic resolver for non-POSIX systems

       ·   noresolver noresolver/ does not resolve, but can act as one

       and afterwards the configuration file must be synced with harddisc (recommended to add  at
       every kdb mount):

       ·   sync sync/ uses POSIX APIs to sync configuration file with harddisc


       Are responsible for reading writing the configuration to configuration files.

       Read and write everything a KeySet might contain:

       ·   dump dump/ makes a dump of a KeySet in an Elektra-specific format

       Read (and write) standard config files of /etc:

       ·   augeas  augeas/  parses  and  generates  many  different configuration files using the
           augeas library

       ·   hosts hosts/ read/write hosts files

       ·   line line/ reads any file line by line

       Using semi-structured data for config files:

       ·   tcl tcl/-like config files (including meta data).

       ·   ni        ni/        parses        INI        files        based         on         ni

       ·   ini ini/ parses INI files based on inih

       ·   xmltool xmltool/ uses XML.

       ·   yajl yajl/ uses JSON.

       Plugins that just show some functionality, (currently) not intended for productive use:

       ·   fstab fstab/ reads fstab files.

       ·   regexstore regexstore/

       ·   simpleini simpleini/ is ini without sections

       ·   csvstorage csvstorage/ for csv files

System Information

       Information  compiled  in Elektra: - version version/ is a build-in plugin directly within
       the core so that it cannot give wrong version information - constants  constants/  various
       constants, including version information

       Providing information found on the system not available in persistent files:

       ·   uname uname/ information from the uname syscall.


       Filter  plugins  process  keys  and their values in both directions. In one direction they
       undo what they do in the other direction. Most filter plugins  available  now  encode  and
       decode  values.  Storage  plugins  that  use  characters  to separate key names, values or
       metadata will not work without them.

       Rewrite unwanted characters with different techniques:

       ·   ccode ccode/ using the technique from arrays in the programming language C

       ·   hexcode hexcode/ using hex codes


       ·   keytometa keytometa/ transforms keys to metadata

       ·   rename rename/ renames keys according to different rules

       Doing other stuff:

       ·   crypto crypto/ encrypts / decrypts confidential values

       ·   iconv iconv/ make sure the configuration will have correct character encoding

       ·   hidden hidden/ hides keys whose names start with a ..

       ·   null null/ takes care of null values and other binary specialities

Notification and Logging

       Log/Send out all changes to configuration to:

       ·   dbus dbus/

       ·   journald journald/

       ·   syslog syslog/

       ·   logchange logchange/ prints the change of every key on the console


       Trace everything that happens within KDB:

       ·   timeofday timeofday/ print timestamps

       ·   tracer tracer/

       ·   counter counter/ count and print how often plugin is used


       Copies meta data to keys:

       ·   glob glob/ using globbing techniques

       ·   struct struct/ using a defined structure (may also reject configuration not conforming
           to that structure)

       Plugins  that  check  if  values are valid based on meta data (typically copied by another
       plugin just before):

       ·   validation validation/ by using regex

       ·   network network/ by using network APIs

       ·   path path/ by checking files on filesystem

       ·   type type/ using runtime type checking (CORBA types/)

       ·   enum enum/ compares the keyvalue against a list of valid values

       ·   mathcheck mathcheck/ by mathematical expressions using keysvalues as operants

       ·   conditionals conditionals/ by using if-then-else like statements


       These plugins start an interpreter and allow you to use a bindings.

       ·   jni jni/ java plugins started by jni, works with jna plugins

       ·   python python/ Python 3 plugins (technical preview/)

       ·   python2 python2/ Python 2 plugins (technical preview, deprecated/)

       ·   lua lua/ Lua plugins (technical preview/)


       ·   doc doc/ contains the documentation of the plugin interface

       ·   error error/ yields errors as described in metadata (handy for test purposes)

       ·   template template/ to be copied for new plugins

       ·   lineendings lineendings/ tests file for consistent line endings

       ·   list list/ loads other plugins

       ·   filecheck filecheck/ does sanity checks on a file

       To add a new plugin you can copy the template plugin. Please make sure to add your plugin:

       ·   to this list, at least in Others

       ·   to cmake /cmake/ElektraCache.cmake, at least in ALL

                                            July 2017                          ELEKTRA-PLUGINS(7)