Commit 6c2d0b44 authored by Iustin Pop's avatar Iustin Pop
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More updates to the documentation

This patch removes the client-api.txt document (since it's obsoleted by
the documentation inside the design-2.0.rst document) and adds many
updates to the latter.

Reviewed-by: imsnah
parent b8195800
Notes about the client api
Starting with Ganeti 1.3, the individual commands (gnt-...) do not
execute code directly, but instead via a master daemon. The
communication between these commands and the daemon will be language
agnostic, and we will be providing a python library implementing all
TODO: add tags support, add gnt-instance info implementation, document
all results from query and all opcode fields
The protocol for communication will consist of passing JSON-encoded
messages over a UNIX socket. The protocol will be send message, receive
message, send message, ..., etc. Each message (either request or
response) will end (after the JSON message) with a ``ETX`` character
(ascii decimal 3), which is not a valid character in JSON messages and
thus can serve as a message delimiter. Quoting from the grammar::
char: any unicode character except " or \ or control character
There are three request types than can be done:
- submit job; a job is a sequence of opcodes that modify the cluster
- abort a job; in some circumstances, a job can be aborted; the exact
conditions depend on the master daemon implementation and clients
should not rely on being able to abort jobs
- query objects; this is a generic form of query that works for all
object types
All requests will be encoded as a JSON object, having three fields:
- ``request``: string, one of ``submit``, ``abort``, ``query``
- ``data``: the payload of the request, variable type based on request
- ``version``: the protocol version spoken by the client; we are
describing here the version 0
The response to any request will be a JSON object, with two fields:
- ``success``: either ``true`` or ``false`` denoting whether the
request was successful or not
- ``result``: the result of the request (depends on request type) if
successful, otherwise the error message (describing the failure)
The server has no defined upper-limit on the time it will take to
respond to a request, so the clients should implement their own timeout
handling. Note though that most requests should be answered quickly, if
the cluster is in a normal state.
The submit ``data`` field will be a JSON object - a (partial) Job
description. It will have the following fields:
- ``opcode_list``: a list of opcode objects, see below
The opcode objects supported will mostly be the ones supported by the
internal Ganeti implementation; currently there is no well-defined
definition of them (work in progress).
Each opcode will be represented in the message list as an object:
- ``OP_ID``: an opcode id; this will be equivalent to the ``OP_ID``
class attribute on opcodes (in lib/
- other fields: as needed by the opcode in question
Small example, request::
"opcode_list": [
"instance_name": "",
And response::
"result": "1104",
"success": true
The result of the submit request will be if successful, a single JSON
value denoting the job ID. While the job ID might be (or look like) an
integer, the clients should not depend on this and treat this ID as an
opaque identifier.
The abort request data will be a single job ID (as returned by submit or
query jobs). The result will hold no data (i.e. it will be a JSON
``null`` value), if successful, and will be the error message if it
The ``data`` argument to the query request is a JSON object containing:
- ``object``: the object type to be queried
- ``names``: if querying a list of objects, this can restrict the
query to a subset of the entire list
- ``fields``: the list of informations that we are interested in
The valid values for the ``object`` field is:
- ``cluster``
- ``node``
- ``instance``
For the ``cluster`` object, the ``names`` parameter is unused and must
be null.
The result value will be a list of lists: each row in the top-level list
will hold the result for a single object, and each row in the per-object
results will hold a result field, in the same order as the ``fields``
Small example, request::
"data": {
"fields": [
"object": "instance"
"request": "query"
And response::
"result": [
"success": true
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