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From Jason Kenny <>
Subject Proposal for how to update source code layout.
Date Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:42:31 GMT

Hi everyone,

Second try as the first attempt seems to be a blob of unformated text.
 I want to see about moving forward on the source clean up I believe we all agreed to the
last ATS summate. What I would like to get general agreement on what I plan to do to the source
layout so it is clear why and where everything will go before I start making lots of small
pull requests pulling moving source and cleaning up the build.
First what are the goals?
Cleaning up the source to will proved:
1)            Better clarity on where to put new code.
    a.            Making it easier to refactor code
    b.            Making it easier for others to change code
2)            simplify the build code
    a.            making it easier to use other build system if desired
    b.            making it easier for others to add or remove code
3)            untangle the dependency mess of everything needing everything else
4)            untangle what modules are being built
5)            Make it easier for everyone to understand the Architecture and design
6)            Make it easier to improve/cleanup  the testing systems
7)            Allow a better setup to hopefully avoid any major source layout refactors for
a long time
I want to clarify that this was generally agreed on by everyone at the ATS summate. We want
to avoid this unless needed. I believe people feel overall this would be a good thing, but
I want to make sure that I define the envisioned layout we will move to so we all understand
the where we are going before doing this. Ideally we will want to do the major part of this
work as fast as we can to minimize the pain as much as possible.

Before I go into the layout, I want to talk about process. I plan to break this up into phases.
Phase 1 – move source to new location and any header cleanup that might be needed. Once
this phase is done we will still have dependency issues to deal with, however it should be
clearer on what is wrong, and some of the dependency issues should just go away
Phase 2 – refactor source to deal with dependency issues, to clean up mega source files
and start some cleanup of the tests. This will make it easier to find objects and make changes
in a way to that should not make compiling more complex. It should also make it easier to
understand and learn the code.

The hope I have is that will help minimize the size of any given diff. Will have more diff
overall, but these will all be small and to the point.

Now let talk about layout (finally :-) )

The current layout has something like this at the top layer

Source needed to build Traffics Server exits in /proxy, /mgmt, /lib, /cmd and /iocore. These
directories also have tests in them as well. In some case the tests and the source is mixed.
I would like to change the top level to look like this instead:

We move the code in /examples, /proxy, /mgmt, /lib, /cmd and /iocore. The addition of a src
and test directory will help clarify what is the source to than traffic server application
vs that of being a test or something else, such as an example or an optional plug-in. The
code for /examples moves under /plugins, everything else under /src
In the /src directory we would have a layout like this:
api – contains all the API code for a given language. Any new language API would be added
here under a directory correctly names for the language.
config- Contains the default config file to run traffic server.
cmd – Contains the code for each program in a name directory.
core – Contains the main modules to build different programs under the cmd/ directory. Modules
under here depend on modules in Infra, or other modules in Core itself. Code here should be
more Traffic server specific modules.
infra – Contains the support modules. Modules in here are leaf modules, may be reusable.
If the module is not a leaf module it can only depend on code in Infra and should be generally

Modules should not depend on other modules that depend on them. The only expectations would
be header only dependencies that don’t require link time circular dependencies.
Modules in CMD can depend on modules in API, Core, Infra
Modules in API can depend on modules in Core, Infra
Modules in Core can depend on modules in Core, Infra
Modules in Infra can depend on modules in Infra

Header Patterns:
The general include pattern will be changed to #include <module/header.h> for modules
depending in on other headers. Files depending on headers in the same module will be in the
form of #include “header.h”
An alternative to this layout would be
The main difference is here is that it look like it did before. However much of the code in
proxy or mgmt would be moved to lib as it is a leaf component, or the code would be moved
in to a directory based on  module it would be used to generate, vs having lots of modules
in a given directory. Because of this I felt it might be easier to use the first layout as
it contains a simpler set of logic on where code goes.
Given that we agree with the layout. The process will be to move components that are on the
leaf first and slowly move up the chain. Each commit will be on component at a time, with
changes to the source files #include and any make file changes to allow the code to build
as expected. After a component is moved that changes that break up source can happen, where
the commit will include the makefile changes and the split source any header file changes
need to support the split.

I think that is it. I will deal with “tests” after main source changes.

Any question or concerns?


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