it's for gluing things

Posted by anton
on Thursday, June 21, 2007

i have installed xml-rpc plugin for trac and played a bit with it. it is amazing how simple it is to use - just install the plugin, add a user to the basic auth passwd file (in my case Apache checks there first, then goes to Active Directory), give this user XML_RPC privilege in trac admin, and there you go:

import xmlrpclib
server = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy("http://username:password@host/trac/login/xmlrpc")

just imagine the possibilities that make trac an application platform - easily create pages/attachments or edit entries in response to events (we have scripts that do certain things for us, and then we also have to go into the wiki and document things manually), create pages in response to incident tickets as they are being worked on, or functional specification workflow process, etc, etc.

xmlrpc libraries are built into python and ruby (php and even javascript, not to mention java) - so there is nothing really that stops one from running this thing on a stock installation of a given language (non-privileged account on a unix box, for instance).

here's a simple script i put together to backup a snapshot of trac wiki to a local hard drive; it is using ruby, since my python skills are nil (i do like the python xmlrpc api much more though - it seems to be a lot more convenient to use and succinct, compared to xmlrpc4r):

require 'xmlrpc/client'
require 'fileutils'

class Wiki
  def initialize
    @client = XMLRPC::Client.new2('https://user:password@server/trac/login/xmlrpc')

  def method_missing(m, *args)'wiki.' << m.to_s, *args)

wiki =
pages = wiki.getAllPages

index = '<html><body><ul>'

pages.sort.each do |p|
  puts 'getting ' << p
  FileUtils.mkpath p

  txt = wiki.getPage p
  html = wiki.getPageHTML p

  open(File.join(p, 'index.txt'), 'w') { |f| f.puts txt }
  open(File.join(p, 'index.html'), 'w') { |f| f.puts html }

  attachments = wiki.listAttachments p
  attachments.each do |a|
    puts "\t" << 'getting attachment ' << a
    content = wiki.getAttachment a
    open(a, 'wb') { |f| f << content }

  index << '<li>' << p << '<ul>'
  index << '<li><a href="' << p << '/index.html">html</a></li>'
  index << '<li><a href="' << p << '/index.txt">txt</a></li>'

  if !attachments.empty?
    index << '<li>attachments</li>'
    index << '<ul>'

  attachments.each do |a|
    file = File.basename a
    index << '<li><a href="' << p << '/' << file << '">' << file << '</a></li>'

  index << '</ul>' if !attachments.empty?

  index << '</ul></li>'

index << '</ul></body></html>'

open('index.html', 'w') { |f| f.puts index }

i am not using multicall, since it only takes a few minutes to run against our trac instance.

more information on the wiki xml-rpc interface is here. seems like trac does not implement listLinks as well as listBackLinks and some macros do not render properly when retrieving pages via getPageHTML.

also, since tags (which we use heavily) are an extension to trac, xml-rpc api does not support them. perhaps a weekend project to add that in?


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