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AnnexRemote

Helper module to easily develop special remotes for git annex. AnnexRemote handles all the protocol stuff for you, so you can focus on the remote itself. It implements the complete external special remote protocol and fulfils all specifications regarding whitespaces etc. This is ensured by an excessive test suite. Extensions to the protocol are normally added within hours after they've been published.

Documentation

(Also have a look at the examples and git-annex-remote-googledrive which is based on AnnexRemote.)

Getting started

Prerequisites

You need python3 installed on your system.

Installing

pip3 install annexremote

Running the tests

If you want to run the tests, copy the content of the tests folder to the same location as annexremote.py. Then use a test discovery like nose to run them.

Usage

Import the necessary classes

from annexremote import Master
from annexremote import SpecialRemote
from annexremote import RemoteError

Now create your special remote class. It must subtype SpecialRemote and implement at least the 6 basic methods:

class MyRemote(SpecialRemote):
    def initremote(self):
        # initialize the remote, eg. create the folders
        # raise RemoteError if the remote couldn't be initialized

    def prepare(self):
        # prepare to be used, eg. open TCP connection, authenticate with the server etc.
        # raise RemoteError if not ready to use

    def transfer_store(self, key, filename):
        # store the file in `filename` to a unique location derived from `key`
        # raise RemoteError if the file couldn't be stored

    def transfer_retrieve(self, key, filename):
        # get the file identified by `key` and store it to `filename`
        # raise RemoteError if the file couldn't be retrieved

    def checkpresent(self, key):
        # return True if the key is present in the remote
        # return False if the key is not present
        # raise RemoteError if the presence of the key couldn't be determined, eg. in case of connection error
        
    def remove(self, key):
        # remove the key from the remote
        # raise RemoteError if it couldn't be removed
        # note that removing a not existing key isn't considered an error

In your main function, link your remote to the master class and initialize the protocol:

def main():
    master = Master()
    remote = MyRemote(master)
    master.LinkRemote(remote)
    master.Listen()

if __name__ == "__main__":
    main()

Now save your program as git-annex-remote-$something and make it executable.

chmod +x git-annex-remote-$something (You'll need the sheebang line #!/usr/bin/env python3)

That's it. Now you've created your special remote.

Export remotes

Import and subtype ExportRemote instead of SpecialRemote:

# ...
from annexremote import ExportRemote

class MyRemote(ExportRemote):
    # implement the remote methods just like in the above example and then additionally:
    
    def transferexport_store(self, key, local_file, remote_file):
        # store the file located at `local_file` to `remote_file` on the remote
        # raise RemoteError if the file couldn't be stored

    def transferexport_retrieve(self, key, local_file, remote_file):
        # get the file located at `remote_file` from the remote and store it to `local_file`
        # raise RemoteError if the file couldn't be retrieved

    def checkpresentexport(self, key, remote_file):
        # return True if the file `remote_file` is present in the remote
        # return False if not
        # raise RemoteError if the presence of the file couldn't be determined, eg. in case of connection error

    def removeexport(self, key, remote_file):
        # remove the file in `remote_file` from the remote
        # raise RemoteError if it couldn't be removed
        # note that removing a not existing key isn't considered an error

    def removeexportdirectory(self, remote_directory):
        # remove the directory `remote_directory` from the remote
        # raise RemoteError if it couldn't be removed
        # note that removing a not existing directory isn't considered an error

    def renameexport(self, key, filename, new_filename):
        # move the remote file in `name` to `new_name`
        # raise RemoteError if it couldn't be moved

Logging

This module includes a StreamHandler to send log records to git annex via the special remote protocol (using DEBUG). You can use it like this:

...
import logging
...

def main():
    master = Master()
    remote = MyRemote(master)
    master.LinkRemote(remote)

    logger = logging.getLogger()
    logger.addHandler(master.LoggingHandler())

    master.Listen()

if __name__ == "__main__":
    main()

License

This project is licensed under GPLv3 - see the LICENSE file for details

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