Commit 0af72968 authored by Michal 'vorner' Vaner's avatar Michal 'vorner' Vaner
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[801] Some more notes about API

parent c9d7e296
......@@ -33,6 +33,19 @@ token over the connection (so Boss will know which socket to send there, in case
multiple applications ask for sockets simultaneously) and Boss sends the socket
in return.
In theory, we could send the requests directly over the unix-domain
socket, but it has two disadvantages:
* The msgq handles serializing/deserializing of structured
information (like the parameters to be used), we would have to do it
manually on the socket.
* We could place some kind of security in front of msgq (in case file
permissions are not enough, for example if they are not honored on
socket files, as indicated in the first paragraph of:
The socket would have to be secured separately. With the tokens,
there's some level of security already - someone not having the
token can't request a priviledged socket.
Caching of sockets
To allow sending the same socket to multiple application, the Boss process will
......@@ -64,7 +77,10 @@ The commands
* Command to release a socket. This one would have single parameter, the token
used to get the socket. After this, boss would decrease its reference count
and if it drops to zero, close its own copy of the socket. This should be used
when the module stops using the socket (and after closes it).
when the module stops using the socket (and after closes it). The
library could remember the file-descriptor to token mapping (for
common applications that don't request the same socket multiple
times in parallel).
* Command to request a socket. It would have parameters to specify which socket
(IP address, address family, port) and how to allow sharing. Sharing would be
one of:
......@@ -78,3 +94,26 @@ The commands
It would return either error (the socket can't be created or sharing is not
possible) or the token. Then there would be some time for the application to
pick up the requested socket.
We probably would have a library with blocking calls to request the
sockets, so a code could look like:
(socket_fd, token) = request_socket(address, port, 'UDP', SHARE_SAMENAME, 'test-application')
sock = socket.fromfd(socket_fd)
# Some sock.send and sock.recv stuff here
release_socket(socket_fd) # or release_socket(token)
Known limitations
Currently the socket creator doesn't support specifying any socket
options. If it turns out there are any options that need to be set
before bind(), we'll need to extend it (and extend the protocol as
The current socket creator doesn't know raw sockets, but if they are
needed, it should be easy to add.
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