Saturday, March 06, 2010

plugins preview

Things have been a little rough last couple of months, that's why I haven't posted here. I'm in a rush right now as well, but I just wanted to let you know that I have started working on modularizing syslog-ng.

It is only a preliminary prototype, and as of now it doesn't compile, but the way it's going to work is already visible: each plugin will have its own plugin and with some trickery the large syslog-ng.conf parser will call out to the plugin parser. The user will recognize such a plugin as an integral part of syslog-ng.

E.g. this is a sample configuration file:

@version: 3.0
@module: dummy

...

destination d_dummy { dummy(dummy_opt(yes)); };

...

See the dummy plugin code in my git repository, in the "plugins" branch. Please note that that branch is going to be rebased a couple of times yet, I've released it in the spirit of "release early, release often".

I hope to get some of the recent contributions into plugins, instead of bloating the core syslog-ng code. For example output colorization. I'm also thinking about adding built-in scripting support via Python.

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