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Filespooler: CLI & Library for Sequential, Distributed, POSIX-style job queue processing
- The Filespooler homepage, complete with extensive documentation, examples of many integrations, and tutorials.
- The detailed manpage reference, which includes installation instructions
- The releases page, which includes prebuilt binaries for Linux x86_64, aarch64, and armhf (for Raspberry Pi)
Filespooler is a Unix-style tool that facilitates local or remote command execution, complete with stdin capture, with easy integration with various tools. I will decode what that means below. For now, here's a brief Filespooler feature list:
- It can easily use tools such as S3, Dropbox, Syncthing, NNCP, ssh, UUCP, USB drives, CDs, etc. as transport.
- Translation: you can use basically anything that is a filesystem as a transport
- It can use arbitrary decoder command pipelines (eg, zcat, stdcat, gpg, age, etc) to pre-process stored packets.
- It can send and receive packets by pipes.
- Its storage format is simple on-disk files with locking.
- It supports one-to-one and one-to-many configurations.
- Locking is unnecessary when writing new jobs to the queue, and many arbitrary tools (eg, Syncthing, Dropbox, etc) can safely write directly to the queue without any assistance.
- Queue processing is strictly ordered based on the order on the creation machine, even if job files are delivered out of order to the destination.
- stdin can be piped into the job creation tool, and piped to a later executor at process time on a remote machine.
- The file format is lightweight; less than 100 bytes overhead unless large extra parameters are given.
- The queue format is lightweight; having 1000 different queues on a Raspberry Pi would be easy.
- Processing is stream-based throughout; arbitrarily-large packets are fine and sizes in the TB range are no problem.
- The Filespooler command, fspl, is extremely lightweight, consuming less than 10MB of RAM on x86_64.
- Filespooler has extensive documentation.
Filespooler consists of a command-line tool (fspl) for interacting with queues. It also consists of a Rust library that is used by fspl. main.rs for fspl is just a few lines long.
Imagine for a moment that you want to send incremental backups from one machine to your backup server. You might run something like this:
tar --incremental -cSpf - ... | ssh backupsvr tar -xvSpf - -C /backups
That will work when all is good. But when the network between the two machines drops, now what? Probably data loss. What we want is a way to reliably execute things, in order, with reordering in case of out-of-order data. This turns out to be useful in many situations: Git repository syncing, backups, etc.
Now, say you do something like this:
tar --incremental -cSpf - ... | fspl prepare -s ~/statefile -i - > ~/syncedpath/fspl-`uuid`.fspl
At this point, a tool like Syncthing or Dropbox will sync this syncedpath to the
~/queue/jobs/ directory under the queue on the backup server. Now you can run this (from cron, systemd, etc) on the backup serer:
fspl queue-process -q ~/queue tar -- -xvSpf - -C /backups
queue-process will (by default) delete jobs that finish successfully. It will keep track of which jobs have been completed and process them in order.
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