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From Antony Blakey <>
Subject Simple erlang plugins (was Re: couch_gen_btree: pluggable storage / tree engines)
Date Mon, 02 Feb 2009 05:40:56 GMT
I've recreated my simple erlang plugins system

A plugin is a directory. It can contain a plugin.ini file and an  
erlang directory.

The erlang directory is added to the erlang load path - you put your  
beam files in there.

The plugin.ini file is loaded after the default.ini, but before  
local.ini. If you supply your own ini files on the command line then  
it comes before them.

To start your plugin you probably want to add to the [daemons] section  
of your plugin.ini file. Check start_secondary_services in  
couch_server_sup.erl to see what happens with daemons, and you can see  
examples in default.ini ( in the source).

If plugins need to be integrated in a different fashion, or  
dependencies are needed, then I'd suggest that a different config  
section be created to handle richer specification/invocation option  
format than [daemons].

There are command line options for manipulating the list of plugins.  
By default it will load plugins from /etc/couchdb/plugins/ or whatever  
your localconfdir is - mine is always relative - but this can be  
controlled by the options:
   -C      clean the plugins list
   -D      add all the plugins in $DEFAULT_PLUGIN_DIR
   -G DIR  add all the plugins in DIR
   -P DIR  add the plugin DIR
Bit light on testing, I wanted to show how trivial it is.

Antony Blakey
CTO, Linkuistics Pty Ltd
Ph: 0438 840 787

There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to  
make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the  
other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious  
   -- C. A. R. Hoare

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