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wash is a Ruby gem that's meant to facilitate external plugin development for the Wash project. It does not have any external dependencies.

Plugin scripts that use this gem should adopt the following template:

require 'wash'
# All other requires go here

# These are all optional. However, they should be declared
# before the subsequent Wash.run call

Wash.run(<root_klass>, ARGV)

<root_klass> is the plugin root's class object. The plugin root must implement the init and list methods. For example, if the plugin root is something like

class MyPluginRoot < Wash::Entry
  def init(config)
    // ...

  def list
    // ...

then the corresponding call to Wash.run would be Wash.run(MyPluginRoot, ARGV).

All entries should have their own Ruby class corresponding to a specific kind of entry; this class must extend the Wash::Entry base class. For example, a VirtualMachine class should represent entries that are virtual machines; a Database class represents entries that are databases; a DockerContainer class represents Docker containers; a GoodReadsBook represents a GoodReads book, etc. Each class should extend the Wash::Entry base class.

The entry's supported Wash methods corresponds to instance methods on the entry's class. For example, something like

class VirtualMachine < Wash::Entry
  def exec(cmd, args, opts)
    # ...

  def stream
    # ...

implements stream and exec. The calling conventions and return parameters for each method is described below:

  • init(config) should not return a value. config is a Hash containing the plugin config. Only invoked on the plugin root.

  • list should return an array of Wash::Entry objects.

  • read should return a String containing the entry's content. For block-readable entries, read(size, offset) should return a String containing size bits of the entry's content starting at the given offset.

  • metadata should return a Hash containing the entry's full metadata.

  • stream should never return during normal operation. stream implementations should use the Wash::Streamer class when writing their chunks.

  • exec(cmd, args, opts) should return cmd's exit code. exec implementations should write their stdout/stderr chunks to stdout/stderr. Note that STDIN, if provided, can be accessed via the opts[:stdin] key. When this function is called, Wash sets sync=true for $stdout and $stdout to ensure output is immediately available.

  • delete should return true if the entry was deleted, false if the entry's deletion is in progress.

  • signal(signal) should return nil if the signal was successfully sent.

  • write(data) should return nil if the data's successfully written. Note that data == STDIN.

Wash::Entry objects must set @name (to a String) when they're initialized. They may also set @partial_metadata (to a Hash) if they have metadata that's available at initialization.

Wash Features

Wash provides two types of core features - core entries and exec implementations - that plugins can use.

Core entries can be used when listing children. See the external plugin list docs for more on core entries. This gem provides helpers for using the volume::fs core entry:

class Parent < Wash::Entry
  # When 'Wash.enable_entry_schemas' is used the VOLUMEFS entry needs to be included
  parent_of VOLUMEFS, ...
  def list
    [volumefs("fs", maxdepth: 2), ...]

Exec implementations provide an implementation of the exec method so you don't need to define your own. For example if your entry works with SSH, then you can use Wash's SSH transport to implement its exec method. See the external plugin exec docs for more on exec implementations, including all the options available for the SSH transport. Request this transport with:

class Execable < Wash::Entry
  def initialize(name)
    transport :ssh, host: name, user: 'root'

  # When 'Wash.enable_entry_schemas' is used the 'exec' method still needs to be defined so it appears in the schema
  def exec
    raise 'implemented by transport'

Entry Schemas

Entry schemas are optional. They can be enabled via the Wash.enable_entry_schemas configuration option.

The wash gem provides convenient helpers for specifying Entry schemas. Below is an example showcasing some of the helpers

class Parent < Wash::Entry
  label 'parent'
  parent_of 'ChildOne', 'ChildTwo'

  def list
    # Should return instances of ChildOne/ChildTwo

class ChildOne < Wash::Entry
  label 'child_one'

class ChildTwo < Wash::Entry
  label 'child_two'