RackDAV - Web Authoring for Rack
RackDAV is Handler for Rack, which allows content authoring over HTTP. RackDAV brings its own file backend, but other backends are possible by subclassing RackDAV::Resource.
Just install the gem from github:
$ gem sources -a http://gems.github.com $ sudo gem install georgi-rack_dav
If you just want to share a folder over WebDAV, you can just start a simple server with:
This will start a WEBrick server on port 3000, which you can connect to without authentication.
Using RackDAV inside a rack application is quite easy. A simple rackup script looks like this:
@@ruby require 'rubygems' require 'rack_dav' use Rack::CommonLogger run RackDAV::Handler.new('/path/to/docs')
Implementing your own WebDAV resource
RackDAV::Resource is an abstract base class and defines an interface for accessing resources.
Each resource will be initialized with a path, which should be used to find the real resource.
RackDAV::Handler needs to be initialized with the actual resource class:
@@ruby RackDAV::Handler.new(:resource_class => MyResource)
RackDAV needs some information about the resources, so you have to implement following methods:
children: If this is a collection, return the child resources.
collection?: Is this resource a collection?
exist?: Does this recource exist?
creation_date: Return the creation time.
last_modified: Return the time of last modification.
last_modified=(time): Set the time of last modification.
etag: Return an Etag, an unique hash value for this resource.
content_type: Return the mime type of this resource.
content_length: Return the size in bytes for this resource.
Most importantly you have to implement the actions, which are called to retrieve and change the resources:
get(request, response): Write the content of the resource to the response.body.
put(request, response): Save the content of the request.body.
post(request, response): Usually forbidden.
delete: Delete this resource.
copy(dest): Copy this resource to given destination resource.
move(dest): Move this resource to given destination resource.
make_collection: Create this resource as collection.
Note, that it is generally possible, that a resource object is instantiated for a not yet existing resource.
For inspiration you should have a look at the FileResource implementation. Please let me now, if you are going to implement a new type of resource.
RackDAV on GitHub
Download or fork the project on its Github page