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== Make an MVC based application ==
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== Add the package to the ACF framework ==
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To make the model and controller work within the ACF mvc.lua framework, we must do several things. 
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1. Install the ACF core package:
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apk add acf-core
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Optionally, you can add the entire web-based ACF framework:
  
To make the model and and controller work within the mvc.lua framework, we must do serveral things. 
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setup-acf
  
1. Create a configuration file.   We'll call the application ''helloworld'', so edit helloworld.conf and add:
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2. Modify the ACF configuration file to look in /etc/acf/app/ for additional packages. Edit the /etc/acf/acf.conf file to add the ''/etc/acf/app/'' directory to the ''appdir'' comma-separated list:
  
  appdir=helloworld/app/
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  appdir=/etc/acf/app/,/usr/share/acf/app/
  
2. Move the model and controller to the helloworld app directory:
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3. Move the model and controller to the new package directory. We will call the package "test":
  
  mkdir -p helloworld/app
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  mkdir -p /etc/acf/app/test
  mv hostname-*.lua helloworld/app
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  mv hostname-*.lua /etc/acf/app/test
  
3. Create an application level controller in the helloworld/app directory, named '''helloworld/app/app-controller.lua'''
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4. Test the new package using the acf-cli application:
  
  module ( ..., package.seeall)
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  # acf-cli /test/hostname/edithostname
  -- application specific functions will go here
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result = {}
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result["label"] = "Edit Hostname"
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result["option"] = "Edit"
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result["type"] = "form"
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result["value"] = {}
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result["value"]["hostname"] = {}
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result["value"]["hostname"]["label"] = "Hostname"
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result["value"]["hostname"]["type"] = "text"
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  result["value"]["hostname"]["value"] = "Alpine"
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# acf-cli /test/hostname/edithostname hostname=test submit=true
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result = {}
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result["descr"] = "Hostname Updated"
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result["label"] = "Edit Hostname"
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result["option"] = "Edit"
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result["type"] = "form"
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result["value"] = {}
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result["value"]["hostname"] = {}
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result["value"]["hostname"]["label"] = "Hostname"
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result["value"]["hostname"]["type"] = "text"
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result["value"]["hostname"]["value"] = "test"
  
Nothing else needs to go in this controller for now.
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Note that the first case read the existing hostname and the second case updated it. The output of the acf-cli application is a serialized version of the cfe form, which is good for testing but not too useful in real life.
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== Make an MVC based application ==
  
 
4. Create a dispatch wrapper program, named '''helloworld.lua''' in the current directory:
 
4. Create a dispatch wrapper program, named '''helloworld.lua''' in the current directory:

Revision as of 16:01, 30 September 2013

Set the hostname with mvc.lua

In this example we will create a simple hostname-setting command-line application using mvc.lua. Once the controller/model are built, you can use the same code to set the hostname via the web with a web-based application controller.


For this example, we will assume you have root access on the linux box you are running on (preferably an alpine box!)

Get the mvc.lua module

Get the mvc.lua module from the git repository.

wget http://git.alpinelinux.org/cgit/acf-core/plain/lua/mvc.lua

Create a model and controller

Create a file hostname-controller.lua, defining the functions that an "end user" could run. We will only create one action, edithostname, which will be used to read and update the hostname. Since the action makes changes to the system, it naturally takes for form of a 'form':

hostname-controller.lua

-- Controller for editing hostname
local mymodule = {} 

mymodule.edithostname = function (self)
        return self.handle_form(self, self.model.get_hostname, self.model.update_hostname, self.clientdata, "Edit", "Edit Hostname", "Hostname Updated")
end                                   

return mymodule

Create a file hostname-model.lua, defining the model functions to get and update the hostname. We return a cfe table for each function including the form with the one entry for hostname:

hostname-model.lua

-- Model functions for retrieving / setting the hostname
local mymodule = {}

-- Create a cfe defining the form for editing the hostname and containing the current value
mymodule.get_hostname = function(self, clientdata)
        local retval = {}

        local f = io.popen ("/bin/hostname")
        local n = f:read("*a") or "none"
        f:close()
        n=string.gsub(n, "\n$", "")

        retval.hostname = cfe({ value=n, label="Hostname" })

        return cfe({ type="group", value=retval, label="Hostname" })
end

-- Update the hostname from the value contained in the cfe created by get_hostname
mymodule.update_hostname = function(self, hostnameform, action)
        local success = true

        -- Check to make sure the name is valid
        if (hostnameform.value.hostname.value == "") then
                success = false
                hostnameform.value.hostname.errtxt = "Hostname must not be blank"
        elseif (#hostnameform.value.hostname.value > 16) then
                success = false
                hostnameform.value.hostname.errtxt = "Hostname must be less than 16 chars"
        elseif (string.find(hostnameform.value.hostname.value, "[^%w%_%-]")) then
                success = false
                hostnameform.value.hostname.errtxt = "Hostname can contain alphanumerics only"
        end

        -- If it is, set the hostname
        if ( success ) then
                local f = io.open("/etc/hostname", "w")
                if f then
                        f:write(hostnameform.value.hostname.value .. "\n")
                        f:close()
                end
                f = io.popen ("/bin/hostname -F /etc/hostname")
                f:close()
        else
                hostnameform.errtxt = "Failed to update hostname"
        end

        return hostnameform
end

return mymodule

Optionally test the model code (without mvc.lua)

If you want, you can create a test.lua script to validate the model code works on its own:

test.lua

require("mvc") -- Needed for cfe function definition
m=require("hostname-model")

local form = m.get_hostname()
form.value.hostname.value = arg[1] or ""
form = m.update_hostname(nil, form)

if form.errtxt then
        print("FAILED: "..form.value.hostname.errtxt or form.errtxt)
end
form = m.get_hostname()
print(form.value.hostname.value)

You can then test this with:

#lua test.lua "Alpine"
 Alpine
#lua test.lua "Invalid Name"
 FAILED: Hostname can contain alphanumerics only
 Alpine

Add the package to the ACF framework

To make the model and controller work within the ACF mvc.lua framework, we must do several things.

1. Install the ACF core package:

apk add acf-core

Optionally, you can add the entire web-based ACF framework:

setup-acf

2. Modify the ACF configuration file to look in /etc/acf/app/ for additional packages. Edit the /etc/acf/acf.conf file to add the /etc/acf/app/ directory to the appdir comma-separated list:

appdir=/etc/acf/app/,/usr/share/acf/app/

3. Move the model and controller to the new package directory. We will call the package "test":

mkdir -p /etc/acf/app/test
mv hostname-*.lua /etc/acf/app/test

4. Test the new package using the acf-cli application:

# acf-cli /test/hostname/edithostname
result = {}
result["label"] = "Edit Hostname"
result["option"] = "Edit"
result["type"] = "form"
result["value"] = {}
result["value"]["hostname"] = {}
result["value"]["hostname"]["label"] = "Hostname"
result["value"]["hostname"]["type"] = "text"
result["value"]["hostname"]["value"] = "Alpine"
# acf-cli /test/hostname/edithostname hostname=test submit=true
result = {}
result["descr"] = "Hostname Updated"
result["label"] = "Edit Hostname"
result["option"] = "Edit"
result["type"] = "form"
result["value"] = {}
result["value"]["hostname"] = {}
result["value"]["hostname"]["label"] = "Hostname"
result["value"]["hostname"]["type"] = "text"
result["value"]["hostname"]["value"] = "test"

Note that the first case read the existing hostname and the second case updated it. The output of the acf-cli application is a serialized version of the cfe form, which is good for testing but not too useful in real life.

Make an MVC based application

4. Create a dispatch wrapper program, named helloworld.lua in the current directory:

-- Simple CLI based mvc application

-- this is to get around having to store
-- the config file in /etc/helloworld/helloworld.conf
ENV={}
ENV.HOME="." 

-- load the module
require("mvc")

-- create an new "mvc object"
MVC=mvc:new()

-- load the config file so we can find the appdir
MVC:read_config("helloworld") 

-- create an application container
APP=MVC:new("app")
 
-- dispatch the request
APP.clientdata.hostname=arg[2]
APP:dispatch( "", "hostname", (arg[1] or ""))
-- destroy the mvc objects
APP:destroy()
MVC:destroy()

This application loads the "mvc.lua" framework, creates an mvc "object" named "MVC", then reads the helloworld.conf file to find out where the app dir is (helloworld/app/). It then loads the app-controller.lua into a new "application level" object named APP. Finally, it sets the clientdata and dispatches the hostname-controller/model pair.

5. Test the application:

# hostname
Alpine
# lua helloworld.lua no-such-function foo
The following unhandled application error occured:

controller: "hostname" does not have a "no-such-function" action.
# hostname
Alpine
# hostname
Alpine
# lua helloworld.lua update Alline
Your controller and application did not specify a view resolver.
The MVC framework has no view available. sorry.
# hostname
Alline


Note in the second case the hostname was changed, although the application does not know how to report success.


Create a view resolver and view formatter

The view resolver is a function that returns a function that processes the view. The returned function receives input from the controller and generates the output to be displayed.

We will build a very simple view resolver and view processor for our application. Add this to the end of helloworld/app/hostname-controller.lua


local private = {} 

private.view = function (f)
       if (f.msg) then
               print( (f.value or "") .. " is not a valid hostname ")
       else
               print ("Hostname is currently " .. f.value )
       end
end 

view_resolver = function (self)
        return private.view
end


Now we can test:

# lua helloworld.lua update "1 2 3"
   1 2 3 is not a valid hostname 
# lua helloworld.lua update        
   is not a valid hostname 
# lua helloworld.lua update Alpine
  Hostname is currently Alpine


But we have two problems:

1. We now have to make a view resolver and view function for every controller. If we add a date setting controller, we'll have to make a view resolver and view function for it, and so on.

2. Perhaps more importantly, view_resolver is now an "action" in our appliction. Recall that invalid actions are captured, but try this:

 # lua helloworld.lua no_such_action Alpine
    The following unhandled application error occured:
  
    controller: "hostname" does not have a "no_such_action" action.
 
 # lua helloworld.lua view_resolver Alpine 
    The following unhandled application error occured:
  
    ./helloworld/app/hostname-controller.lua:27: attempt to index local 'f' (a function value)
    stack traceback:
       ./helloworld/app/hostname-controller.lua:27: in function 'viewfunc'
       ./mvc.lua:139: in function <./mvc.lua:90>
       [C]: in function 'xpcall'
       ./mvc.lua:90: in function 'dispatch'
       helloworld.lua:23: in main chunk
       [C]: ?


Because view_resolver is an action in the worker table, the mvc.lua runs it; but it returns a function, not a table, and causes an unhandled exception in the view.

Move the view resolver to the application level

The solution to both problems is to move the view resolver and the view function out of the controller's worker table, into the next higher level, in this case, the application's worker table:


1. Delete the private.view and view_resolver functions from helloworld/app/hostname-controller.lua

2. Add the following to helloworld/app/app-controller.lua

local private = {}

private.view = function ( controller, action, viewtable )
        io.write(string.format("Controller: %s  Action: %s\n",
                controller or "", action or ""))
        io.write ("Returned a table with the following values:\n")
        for k,v in pairs(viewtable) do
                io.write(string.format("%s\t%s\n", k, v))
        end
end

view_resolver = function (self)
        return function (viewtable)
                return private.view (self.conf.controller, self.conf.action, viewtable)
        end
end


This creates a more "generic" view, but one that will work for any controller - not just hostname.


Now things work as they should:

# lua helloworld.lua update "one two"
  Controller: hostname  Action: update
  Returned a table with the following values:
  value   one two
  type    string
  msg     Hostname can contain alphanumerics only

# lua helloworld.lua view_resolver "Alpine"
  The following unhandled application error occured:
  
  controller: "hostname" does not have a "view_resolver" action.

mvc load & exec special functions

The mvc.lua module has a provision for executing code on module load, prior to executing the controller's action, just after executing the controller's action, and on module unload.

This is done with the mvc table in the controller. To demonstrate, let's add a few functions to helloworld/app/app-controller.lua

mvc = {}
mvc.on_load = function (self, parent)
        print ("This is the app controller's on_load function")
end

mvc.pre_exec = function (self)
        print ("This is the app controller's pre_exec function")
end 

mvc.post_exec = function (self)
        print ("This is the app controller's post_exec function")
end
mvc.on_unload = function (self)
        print ("This is the app controller's on_unload function")
end

Now running our script shows when the functions get called:

# lua helloworld.lua update "Alpine"
  This is the app controller's on_load function
  This is the app controller's pre_exec function
  This is the app controller's post_exec function
  Controller: hostname  Action: update
  Returned a table with the following values:
  value   Alpine
  type    string
  This is the app controller's on_unload function

We can add mvc functions to a specific controller, as well. Add this to helloworld/app/hostname-controller.lua

mvc = {}
mvc.on_load = function (self, parent)
        print ("This is the hostname controller's on_load function")
end

mvc.pre_exec = function (self)
        print ("This is the hostname controller's pre_exec function")
end 

mvc.post_exec = function (self)
        print ("This is the hostname controller's post_exec function")
end

mvc.on_unload = function (self)
        print ("This is the hostname controller's on_unload function")
end

And this happens:

# lua helloworld.lua update "Alpine"
  This is the app controller's on_load function
  This is the hostname controller's on_load function
  This is the hostname controller's pre_exec function
  This is the hostname controller's post_exec function
  This is the hostname controller's on_unload function
  Controller: hostname  Action: update
  Returned a table with the following values:
  value   Alpine
  type    string
  This is the app controller's on_unload function

Note that both the app and hostname on_load and on_unload functions were run, but only the hostname pre_exec and post_exec functions ran. This is because the pre and post exec functions are run as part of the "action", and the dispatch function looks in the lowest-level controller for the pre/post_exec function. Since hostname now defines those functions, it runs them.

To run both the hostname and app pre_exec function, you must arrange for the hostname pre_exec function to call it's parent pre_exec:

mvc = {}
mvc.on_load = function (self, parent)
       print ("This is the hostname controller's on_load function")
       mvc.parent_pre_exec = parent.worker.mvc.pre_exec
end

mvc.pre_exec = function (self)
        mvc.parent_pre_exec (self)
        print ("This is the hostname controller's pre_exec function")
end