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skynet client/server protocol


(defined in ClientHandshake type)


(defined in ServiceHandshake type)
    Registered bool
    ClientID string

(defined in net/rpc Request type)
    ServiceMethod string
    Seq           uint64

(defined in net/rpc Response type)
    ServiceMethod string
    Seq           uint64
    Error         string

(defined in RequestInfo type)
    // OriginAddress is the reported address of the originating client, typically from outside the service cluster.
    OriginAddress string
    // RequestID is a unique ID for the current RPC request.
    RequestID  string
    // RetryCount indicates how many times this request has been tried before.
    RetryCount int

(defined in ServiceRPCIn type)
    ClientID    string
    Method      string
    RequestInfo RequestInfo
    In          []byte

(defined in ServiceRPCOut type)
    Out       []byte
    ErrString string

skynet protocol

1) Client/server handshake

Service: ServiceHandshake

  • Registered: A value of false indicates the service will not respond to requests.
  • ClientID: A UUID that must be provided will all requests.

Client: ClientHandshake

2) Client may begin sending requests. When done sending requests, the stream may be closed by the client.

Client: RequestHeader

  • ServiceMethod: Use "Name.Forward", where Name is the service's reported name.
  • Seq: Use a number unique to this session, usually by incrementing some counter.

Client: RequestIn

  • ClientID: Must be the UUID provided by the ServiceHandshake.
  • Method: The name of the RPC method desired.
  • RequestInfo.RequestID: A UUID. If this is request is the direct result of another request, the UUID may be reused.
  • RequestInfo.OriginAddress: If this request originated from another machine, that machine's address may be used. If left blank, the service will fill it in with the client's remote address.
  • In: The BSON-encoded buffer representing the RPC's in parameter.

3) Service may synchronously send responses, in any order as long as the response corresponds to a request sent by the client. When the stream is closed by the client and all responses have been issued, the stream may be closed by the service.

Service: ResponseHeader

  • ServiceMethod: Will be the same "Name.Forward" provided in the request.
  • Seq: This number will match the Seq provided in the request to which this response corresponds.
  • Error: Any rpc-level or skynet-level error. Empty string if no error. Errors in the actual service call are not put here.

Service: RequestOut

  • Out: The BSON-encoded buffer represending the RPC's out parameter.
  • Error: The text of the error returned by the service call, or the empty string if no error.
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