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README.md

fty-asset

fty-asset is an agent managing information about assets. Assets are either locations (datacenter, room, row, rack) or devices (RC, UPS, EPDU, etc.).

How to build

To build fty-asset project run:

./autogen.sh
./configure
make
make check # to run self-test

How to run

To run fty-asset project:

  • from within the source tree, run:
./src/fty-asset

For the other options available, refer to the manual page of fty-asset

  • from an installed base, using systemd, run:
systemctl start fty-asset

Agent also has a command line interface fty-asset-cli.

For further information, refer to the manual page of fty-asset-cli.

Configuration file

Configuration file - fty-asset.cfg - is currently ignored. Agent reads environment variable BIOS_ASSETS_REPEAT, which sets how often are all the assets republished on ASSETS stream.

Architecture

Overview

fty-asset is composed of 3 actors:

  • asset-server: does general asset management
  • asset-autoupdate: publishes inventory messages when available information about RCs changes
  • asset-inventory: parses inventory messages and stores their content into DB

In addition to actors, there are 2 timers:

  • asset server timer: runs every BIOS_ASSET_REPEATS seconds (by default once every hour) and triggers republish of all known assets on ASSETS stream
  • autoupdate timer: runs once in a 5 minutes and triggers update of information about all RCs

Protocols

Published metrics

Agent doesn't publish any metrics.

Published alerts

Agent doesn't publish any alerts.

Mailbox requests

It is possible to request the fty-asset agent for:

  • power topology chains,
  • republishing assets,
  • list of assets in given container,
  • list of assets of given type/subtype,
  • creation and updating of assets,
  • user-friendly name of given asset,
  • all the data available about given asset

Power topology

The USER peer sends the following messages using MAILBOX SEND to FTY-ASSET-AGENT ("asset-agent") peer:

  • TOPOLOGY_POWER/'asset-iname'

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart string message
  • 'asset-iname' MUST be the asset iname
  • subject of the message MUST be TOPOLOGY

The FTY-ASSET-AGENT peer MUST respond with one of the messages back to USER peer using MAILBOX SEND.

  • TOPOLOGY_POWER/'asset-iname'/OK/'D1'/.../'Dn'
  • TOPOLOGY_POWER/'asset-iname'/ERROR/reason

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart frame message

  • 'asset-iname' MUST be the same as in request

  • 'D1',...,'Dn' MUST be assets in the power topology of 'asset-iname'

  • 'reason' is string detailing reason for error. Possible values are:

    ASSET_NOT_FOUND / INTERNAL_ERROR

  • subject of the message MUST be TOPOLOGY

Republishing assets

The USER peer sends the following messages using MAILBOX SEND to FTY-ASSET-AGENT ("asset-agent") peer:

  • 'message'

where:

  • subject MUST be REPUBLISH

AND EITHER

  • message MUST consist of string $all

OR

  • message MUST be multipart string message, where every string is asset iname (message MAY be empty)

The FTY-ASSET-AGENT peer MUST respond with:

  • IF message was $all OR empty:

    publication of fty-proto asset update message on the stream ASSETS for each asset in DB

  • IF message was multipart string message

    publication of fty-proto asset update message on the stream ASSETS for each asset in request

Assets in given container

The USER peer sends the following messages using MAILBOX SEND to FTY-ASSET-AGENT ("asset-agent") peer:

  • GET/'container-name'/'type-1'/.../'type-n'

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart string message
  • 'container-name' MAY be asset iname
  • 'type-1'/.../'type-n' MAY be asset types/subtypes
  • subject of the message MUST be "ASSETS_IN_CONTAINER"

The FTY-ASSET-AGENT peer MUST respond with one of the messages back to USER peer using MAILBOX SEND.

  • OK/'A1'/.../'An'
  • ERROR/

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart frame message

  • IF 'container-name' in request was empty AND 'type-1/.../type-n' in request was empty,

    'A1'/.../'An' MUST be ALL the assets in the DB (MAY be empty)

  • IF 'container-name' in request was empty AND 'type-1/.../type-n' in request was non-empty,

    'A1'/.../'An' MUST be ALL the assets in the DB of ANY of the specified types/subtypes (MAY be empty)

  • IF 'container-name' in request was non-empty AND 'type-1/.../type-n' in request was empty,

    'A1'/.../'An' MUST be ALL assets which have 'container-name' as parent on any level (MAY be empty)

  • IF 'container-name' in request was non-empty AND 'type-1/.../type-n' in request was non-empty,

    'A1'/.../'An' MUST be ALL assets which have 'container-name' as parent on any level of ANY of the given types or subtypes (MAY be empty)

  • 'reason' is string detailing reason for error. Possible values are:

    ASSET_NOT_FOUND / BAD_COMMAND/INTERNAL_ERROR

  • subject of the message MUST be "ASSETS_IN_CONTAINER"

Assets of given type/subtype

The USER peer sends the following messages using MAILBOX SEND to FTY-ASSET-AGENT ("asset-agent") peer:

  • GET//'type-1'/.../'type-n'

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart frame message
  • zuuid of the message
  • 'type-1'/.../'type-n' MAY be asset types/subtypes
  • subject of the message MUST be "ASSETS".

The FTY-ASSET-AGENT peer MUST respond with one of the messages back to USER peer using MAILBOX SEND.

  • OK//'A1'/.../'An'
  • ERROR//

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart frame message

  • IF 'type-1/.../type-n' in request was empty,

    'A1'/.../'An' MUST be ALL assets in the DB

  • IF 'type-1/.../type-n' in request was non-empty,

    'A1'/.../'An' MUST be ALL assets of ANY of the specified types/subtypes in the DB

  • 'reason' is string detailing reason for error. Possible values are:

    ASSET_NOT_FOUND / BAD_COMMAND / MISSING_COMMAND / INTERNAL_ERROR

  • subject of the message MUST be "ASSETS".

Creation and updating of assets

The USER peer sends the following messages using MAILBOX SEND to FTY-ASSET-AGENT ("asset-agent") peer:

  • 'asset'

where

  • 'asset' is fty-proto create OR update asset message
  • subject of the message MUST be "ASSET_MANIPULATION".

The FTY-ASSET-AGENT peer MUST:

  • insert provided data into DB

  • publish UPDATE message for given asset on stream ASSETS

  • respond with one of the messages back to USER peer using MAILBOX SEND:

    • OK/'asset-iname'
    • ERROR/

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart frame message

  • 'asset-iname' MUST be iname of created or updated asset

  • 'reason' is string detailing reason for error. Possible values are:

    OPERATION_NOT_IMPLEMENTED (MAY be empty)

  • subject of the message MUST be "ASSET_MANIPULATION".

Getting user-friendly name for given asset

The USER peer sends the following messages using MAILBOX SEND to FTY-ASSET-AGENT ("asset-agent") peer:

  • 'asset-iname'

where

  • 'asset-iname' is internal name of an asset
  • subject of the message MUST be "ENAME_FROM_INAME".

The FTY-ASSET-AGENT peer MUST respond with one of the messages back to USER peer using MAILBOX SEND.

  • OK/'asset-ename'
  • ERROR/

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart frame message

  • 'asset-ename' is user-friendly name corresponding to 'asset-iname' from the request

  • 'reason' is string detailing reason for error. Possible values are:

    MISSING_INAME/ASSET_NOT_FOUND

  • subject of the message MUST be "ENAME_FROM_INAME".

Getting all the available asset data for given asset

The USER peer sends the following messages using MAILBOX SEND to FTY-ASSET-AGENT ("asset-agent") peer:

  • GET//'asset-iname'

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart frame message
  • 'asset-iname' is internal name of an asset
  • is zuuid of the message
  • subject of the message MUST be "ASSET_DETAIL".

The FTY-ASSET-AGENT peer MUST respond with one of the messages back to USER peer using MAILBOX SEND.

  • 'asset-message'
  • ERROR//

where

  • '/' indicates a multipart frame message

  • 'asset-message' is fty-proto update message containing available data for given asset

  • 'reason' is string detailing reason for error. Possible values are:

    BAD_COMMAND/ASSET_NOT_FOUND

  • subject of the message MUST be "ASSET_DETAIL".

Stream subscriptions

Agent is subscribed to ASSETS stream.

If it receives inventory message, asset-inventory actor extracts data from it and puts them into DB. If it receives any other asset message, asset-server actor for all the children of this asset:

  • updates power topology

  • updates stored data

  • publishes update message on ASSETS stream