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pymongo and rpyc #165

capaulson opened this issue Apr 13, 2015 · 1 comment

pymongo and rpyc #165

capaulson opened this issue Apr 13, 2015 · 1 comment


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@capaulson capaulson commented Apr 13, 2015

I'm trying to use pymongo out of IronPython, and I'm having issues. For a simple example, I just want to extract the database names:

The code:

import rpyc
c = rpyc.classic.connect('localhost', port=12345)
pymongo = c.modules['pymongo']
conn = pymongo.MongoClient('localhost')
print conn.database_names()

This returns the following from IronPython:

Message: 'Database' object is not callable. If you meant to call the 'exposed_database_names' method on a 'MongoClient' object it is failing because no such method exists.

This works perfectly under 'regular' python, which is running a classic server. Any ideas on why this doesn't work or what the error message means?

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@coldfix coldfix commented Dec 27, 2017

Hi, quick note:

This issue occurs on CPython as well and is not in any way specific to IronPython or windows.

The reason is the __getattr__ implementation of MongoClient that returns a Database object if asked for a non-existing attribute. Since we try for exposed_database_names before we try for database_names itself, we always run into this case.

Possible server-side fixes:

  • set config['allow_exposed_attrs'] = False in the server application, globally. However, this may break other parts of your program
  • override Connection._check_attr to not use exposed_prefix when accessing a MongoClient instance.

Possible fixes in rpyc:

  • in _check_attr: move allow_all_attrs (etc) checks above allow_exposed_attrs check and return there only if hasattr(obj, name) succeeds. The implication would be that exposed_XXX attributes will no longer override plain XXX attributes
  • disable allow_exposed_attrs for classic server (you will be able to do anything anyway..)
  • let everything as is but document how to fix it in user code

EDIT: I finally came to the conclusion that these changes are a good idea on their own to keep the principle of least surprise and have therefore applied these fixes to rpyc. It should be included in the next release (4.0).

@capaulson capaulson closed this Dec 27, 2017
coldfix added a commit that referenced this issue Dec 27, 2017
Users may need allow_exposed_attrs=False to avoid problems as in #165.
coldfix added a commit that referenced this issue Dec 27, 2017
Fixes #165 for classic connections.
coldfix added a commit that referenced this issue Dec 27, 2017
Fixes #165 for services with allow_exposed_attrs=True.

One may argue whether it was a security feature that an exposed
attribute would always override a plain attribute even if one would have
the permissions to access that one otherwise…

However, this case was not documented and I believe such a policy calls
for a more careful implementation anyway (you probably don't want to
serve objects where a private attribute is only protected by shadowing).
coldfix added a commit that referenced this issue Jun 11, 2018
This release brings a few minor backward incompatibilities, so be sure to read
on before upgrading. However, fear not: the ones that are most likely relevant
to you have a relatively simple migration path.

Backward Incompatibilities

* ``classic.teleport_function`` now executes the function in the connection's
  namespace by default. To get the old behaviour, use
  ``teleport_function(conn, func, conn.modules[func.__module__].__dict__)``

* Changed signature of ``Service.on_connect`` and ``on_disconnect``, adding
  the connection as argument.

* Changed signature of ``Service.__init__``, removing the connection argument

* no longer store connection as ``self._conn``. (allows services that serve
  multiple clients using the same service object, see `#198`_).

* ``SlaveService`` is now split into two asymetric classes: ``SlaveService``
  and ``MasterService``. The slave exposes functionality to the master but can
  not anymore access remote objects on the master (`#232`_, `#248`_).
  If you were previously using ``SlaveService``, you may experience problems
  when feeding the slave with netrefs to objects on the master. In this case, do
  any of the following:

  * use ``ClassicService`` (acts exactly like the old ``SlaveService``)
  * use ``SlaveService`` with a ``config`` that allows attribute access etc
  * use ``rpyc.utils.deliver`` to feed copies rather than netrefs to
    the slave

* ``RegistryServer.on_service_removed`` is once again called whenever a service
  instance is removed, making it symmetric to ``on_service_added`` (`#238`_)
  This reverts PR `#173`_ on issue `#172`_.

* Removed module ``rpyc.experimental.splitbrain``. It's too confusing and
  undocumented for me and I won't be developing it, so better remove it
  altogether. (It's still available in the ``splitbrain`` branch)

* Removed module ``rpyc.experimental.retunnel``. Seemingly unused anywhere, no
  documentation, no clue what this is about.

* ``bin/`` will bind to ```` instead of ```` by

* ``SlaveService`` no longer serves exposed attributes (i.e., it now uses

* Exposed attributes no longer hide plain attributes if one otherwise has the
  required permissions to access the plain attribute. (`#165`_)

.. _#165: #165
.. _#172: #172
.. _#173: #173
.. _#198: #198
.. _#232: #232
.. _#238: #238
.. _#248: #248

What else is new

* teleported functions will now be defined by default in the globals dict

* Can now explicitly specify globals for teleported functions

* Can now use streams as context manager

* keep a hard reference to connection in netrefs, may fix some ``EOFError``
  issues, in particular on Jython related (`#237`_)

* handle synchronous and asynchronous requests uniformly

* fix deadlock with connections talking to each other multithreadedly (`#270`_)

* handle timeouts cumulatively

* fix possible performance bug in ``Win32PipeStream.poll`` (oversleeping)

* use readthedocs theme for documentation (`#269`_)

* actually time out sync requests (`#264`_)

* clarify documentation concerning exceptions in ```` (`#265`_)

* fix ``__hash__`` for netrefs (`#267`_, `#268`_)

* rename ``async`` module to ``async_`` for py37 compatibility (`#253`_)

* fix ``deliver()`` from IronPython to CPython2 (`#251`_)

* fix brine string handling in py2 IronPython (`#251`_)

* add gevent_ Server. For now, this requires using ``gevent.monkey.patch_all()``
  before importing for rpyc. Client connections can already be made without
  further changes to rpyc, just using gevent's monkey patching. (`#146`_)

* add function ``rpyc.lib.spawn`` to spawn daemon threads

* fix several bugs in ``bin/`` that crashed this script on startup

* fix problem with MongoDB, or more generally any remote objects that have a
  *catch-all* ``__getattr__`` (`#165`_)

* fix bug when copying remote numpy arrays (`#236`_)

* added ``rpyc.utils.helpers.classpartial`` to bind arguments to services (`#244`_)

* can now pass services optionally as instance or class (could only pass as
  class, `#244`_)

* The service is now charged with setting up the connection, doing so in
  ``Service._connect``. This allows using custom protocols by e.g. subclassing
  ``Connection``.  More discussions and related features in `#239`_-`#247`_.

* service can now easily override protocol handlers, by updating
  ``conn._HANDLERS`` in ``_connect`` or ``on_connect``. For example:
  ``conn._HANDLERS[HANDLE_GETATTR] = self._handle_getattr``.

* most protocol handlers (``Connection._handle_XXX``) now directly get the
  object rather than its ID as first argument. This makes overriding
  individual handlers feel much more high-level. And by the way it turns out
  that this fixes two long-standing issues (`#137`_, `#153`_)

* fix bug with proxying context managers (`#228`_)

* expose server classes from ``rpyc`` top level module

* fix logger issue on jython

.. _#137: #137
.. _#146: #146
.. _#153: #153
.. _#165: #165
.. _#228: #228
.. _#231: #231
.. _#236: #236
.. _#237: #237
.. _#239: #239
.. _#244: #244
.. _#247: #247
.. _#251: #251
.. _#253: #253
.. _#264: #264
.. _#265: #265
.. _#267: #267
.. _#268: #268
.. _#269: #269
.. _#270: #270

.. _gevent:
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