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json2file-go - simple web server that provides entry points to store JSON files
The json2file-go(1) is a mini-application that runs as a Web server and is used to store the information sent by remote WebHooks in JSON format using the HTTP POST method. Initially it has been used to process GitLab and Gitea WebHooks, but it can be used with other systems. To verify that a caller has permission to store a file the program compares a JSON field or an HTTP HEADER to the secret it has configured for the given PATH. If the secret matches the program verifies that the data received is a valid JSON file and only stores it if it is. The application is configured using environment variables and is designed to run inside a docker container or supervised with systemd if we are on a regular Linux server. The application reads two mandatory environment variables: • J2F_BASEDIR: Working directory of the application, must exist before launching it. The default value for this variable when using the systemd helper (see later) is /var/spool/json2file-go. If we use the application inside a container the idea is to set the value to /data (is a volume in the Dockerfile) and use a volume or mount a HOST directory there. • J2F_DIRLIST: List of directories in which we allow one to save files and an optional token that must be passed in a header or within the JSON to authorize the save operation for the file. The variable is a string of the form: DIR1:TOKEN1;...;DIR#:TOKEN# There is no default for this variable, it must be set. Other optional variables include: • J2F_SIGNATURE_HEADERS: Comma-separated list of names for the HTTP header containing the signature hash (by default the list contains the name X-Hub-Signature) • J2F_TOKEN_HEADERS: Comma-separated list of names for the HTTP header containing the token (by default the list contains the names X-Auth-Token and X-Gitlab-Token) • J2F_TOKEN_FIELDS: Comma-separated list of names for the received JSON field that contains the token (by default we use secret) • J2F_URL_PREFIX: Service base path on URLs, the directory names are computed removing this prefix • J2F_HOST: IP address to bind to (default 0.0.0.0) • J2F_PORT: TCP Port (80 if there are no certificates, 443 if there are any) • J2F_BIND: Listen Address and Port (default $J2F_HOST:$J2F_PORT, if used replaces the other two variables) • J2F_CERTFILE and J2F_KEYFILE: public certificate and key file for TLS (if both are set it is assumed that we are using TLS and the server uses that certificate and private key) • J2F_SOCKET: UNIX Socket to listen on (has no default value, if passed the server listens for HTTP requests on a UNIX socket ignoring the address, port and TLS settings); this is the preferred mode when the service is accessed using NGINX as a reverse proxy By default the system saves the JSON data received in the sub folder of J2F_BASEDIR that matches the requested directory name using files with names of the form TIMESTAMP.json, where the format of TIMESTAMP is YYYYmmdd-HHMMSS.MS.json. While this program does nothing else, the files are usually processed by scripts launched by cron(8) or incrond(8). To be able to work with systemd.socket(5) when the application launches it checks if the variable LISTEN_PID is set and in that case the J2F_HOST, J2F_PORT, J2F_BIND and J2F_SOCKET are ignored and the program listens on the first file descriptor available after stdout (the one with value 3) ignoring other descriptors if any (the daemon only listens on a file descriptor). Note that in this case the J2F_CERTFILE and J2F_KEYFILE are NOT ignored (systemd can pass us a file descriptor where we should use HTTPS). If the program is launched without systemd and the variables J2F_HOST, J2F_PORT, J2F_BIND or J2F_SOCKET have no value the program tries to listen on 0.0.0.0:80 (or 0.0.0.0:443 if we provide a certificate and a key file).
The binary does not read any configuration files by itself, but the packaged version includes a helper script (/usr/lib/json2file-go/json2file-go) to adjust environment variables when launching the program with systemd or other init systems (see the /usr/share/doc/json2file-go/examples directory for samples). The launcher script reads files from the directory /etc/json2file-go and adjusts the variables as follows: • dirlist (file with lines of the form 'dir:token' that are passed on the variable J2F_DIRLIST separated by ';'). This file is required when using systemd. • basedir (value of the J2F_BASEDIR variable), has a default value when using systemd • debug (value of the J2F_DEBUG variable) • signature_headers (lines with of HTTP header names that can contain signature hashes, the values are stored separated by commas on the environment variable J2F_SIGNATURE_HEADERS) • token_headers (lines with of HTTP header names that can contain authorization tokens, the values are stored separated by commas on the environment variable J2F_TOKEN_HEADERS) • token_fields (lines with names of JSON fields that can contain authorization tokens, the values are stored separated by commas on the environment variable J2F_TOKEN_FIELDS) • url_prefix (value of the J2F_URL_PREFIX) • bind (value of the J2F_BIND variable) • host (value of the J2F_HOST variable) • port (value of the J2F_PORT variable) • certfile (value of the J2F_CERFILE variable) • keyfile (value of the J2F_KEYFILE variable) • socket (value of the J2F_SOCKET variable)
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json2file was originally written by Sergio Talens-Oliag in Python using the Flask micro framework, later it was rewritten using FastAPI (another Python framework) and to make it lighter for container usage this third version in Go was born.
Copyright (c) 2019-2020 Sergio Talens-Oliag. Free use of this software is granted under the terms of the Apache License Version 2.0. 2022-05-26 JSON2FILE-GO(8)