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persizmq

persizmq provides persistence to zeromq. Messages are received in background and stored on disk before further manipulation.

Currently, we only support the zeromq subscriber. Adding support for other classes can be easily done; we simply have not had need for them so far.

Usage

Subscriber

The persistent subscriber wraps a zeromq subscriber. We split up the persistence subscription in two components: a threaded subscriber that listens on the messages in background, and a persistence component that stores the messages on disk.

Threaded Subscriber

The threaded subscriber is implemented as persizmq.ThreadedSubscriber. You need to specify a callback which is called upon each received message.

You also need to specify on-exception callback in order to handle exceptions raised in the listening thread.

Example:

import time

import zmq

import persizmq

context = zmq.Context()
subscriber = context.socket(zmq.SUB)
subscriber.setsockopt_string(zmq.SUBSCRIBE, "")
subscriber.connect("ipc:///some-queue.zeromq")

def callback(msg: bytes)->None:
    print("received a message: {}".format(msg))

def on_exception(exception: Exception)->None:
    print("an exception was raised in the listening thread: {}".format(exception))

with persizmq.ThreadedSubscriber(callback=callback, subscriber=subscriber, on_exception=on_exception):
    # do something while we are listening on messages...
    time.sleep(10)

Storage

We provide two storage modes for the received messages:

  1. persizmq.PersistentStorage: stores messages in a FIFO queue on disk.
  2. persizmq.PersistentLatestStorage: solely stores the newest message on disk.

The storage component is passed directly to the threaded subscriber as a callback.

Example:

import pathlib

import zmq

import persizmq

context = zmq.Context()
subscriber = context.socket(zmq.SUB)
subscriber.setsockopt_string(zmq.SUBSCRIBE, "")
subscriber.connect("ipc:///some-queue.zeromq")

persistent_dir = pathlib.Path("/some/dir")
storage = persizmq.PersistentStorage(persistent_dir=persistent_dir)

def on_exception(exception: Exception)->None:
    print("an exception was raised in the listening thread: {}".format(exception))

with persizmq.ThreadedSubscriber(callback=storage.add_message, subscriber=subscriber, on_exception=on_exception):
    msg = storage.front()  # non-blocking
    if msg is not None:
        print("Received a persistent message: {}".format(msg))
        storage.pop_front()

Filtering

We also provide filtering components which can be chained on the threaded subscriber. The filtering chains are particularly handy if you want to persist only a small amount of messages and ignore the rest.

The filters are implemented in persizmq.filter module.

Example:

import pathlib

import zmq

import persizmq
import persizmq.filter

context = zmq.Context()
subscriber = context.socket(zmq.SUB)
subscriber.setsockopt_string(zmq.SUBSCRIBE, "")
subscriber.connect("ipc:///some-queue.zeromq")

persistent_dir = pathlib.Path("/some/dir")
storage = persizmq.PersistentStorage(persistent_dir=persistent_dir)

def on_exception(exception: Exception)->None:
    print("an exception was raised in the listening thread: {}".format(exception))

with persizmq.ThreadedSubscriber(
    lambda msg: storage.add_message(persizmq.filter.MaxSize(max_size=1000)(msg)),
    subscriber=subscriber,
    on_exception=on_exception):

    msg = storage.front()  # non-blocking
    if msg is not None:
        print("Received a persistent message: {}".format(msg))
        storage.pop_front()

Installation

  • Create a virtual environment:
python3 -m venv venv3
  • Activate it:
source venv3/bin/activate
  • Install persizmq with pip:
pip3 install persizmq

Development

  • Check out the repository.
  • In the repository root, create the virtual environment:
python3 -m venv venv3
  • Activate the virtual environment:
source venv3/bin/activate
  • Install the development dependencies:
pip3 install -e .[dev]
  • We use tox for testing and packaging the distribution. Assuming that the virtual environment has been activated and the development dependencies have been installed, run:
tox
  • We also provide a set of pre-commit checks that lint and check code for formatting. Run them locally from an activated virtual environment with development dependencies:
./precommit.py
  • The pre-commit script can also automatically format the code:
./precommit.py  --overwrite

Versioning

We follow Semantic Versioning. The version X.Y.Z indicates:

  • X is the major version (backward-incompatible),
  • Y is the minor version (backward-compatible), and
  • Z is the patch version (backward-compatible bug fix).
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