Net::Citadel(3) Citadel.org protocol coverage

VERSION

Version 0.20

SYNOPSIS


use Net::Citadel;
my $c = new Net::Citadel (host => 'citadel.example.org');
$c->login ('Administrator', 'goodpassword');
my @floors = $c->floors;
eval {
$c->assert_floor ('Level 6 (Management)');
}; warn [email protected] if [email protected];
$c->retract_floor ('Level 6 (Management)');
$c->logout;

DESCRIPTION

Citadel is a ``turnkey open-source solution for email and collaboration'' (this is as far as marketing can go :-). The main component is the citadel server. To communicate with it you can use either a web interface, or - if you have to automate things - with a protocol

   L<http://www.citadel.org/doku.php?id=documentation:appproto:start>

This package tries to do a bit of abstraction (more could be done) and handles some of the protocol handling. The basic idea is that the application using the package deals with Citadel's objects: rooms, floors, users.

CONSTANTS

Configuration

CITADEL_PORT
The constant $CITADEL_PORT is equal to 504, which is the IANA standard Citadel port.

Result Codes

LISTING_FOLLOWS
The result code $LISTING_FOLLOWS is equal to 100 and is used by the Citadel server to indicate that after the server response, the server will output a listing of some sort.
CIT_OK
The result code $CIT_OK is equal to 200 and is used by the Citadel server to indicate that the requested operation succeeded.
MORE_DATA
The result code $MORE_DATA is equal to 300 and is used by the Citadel server to indicate that the requested operation succeeded but that another command is required to complete it.
SEND_LISTING
The result code $SEND_LISTING is equal to 400 and is used by the Citadel server to indicate that the requested operation is progressing and it is now expecting zero or more lines of text.
ERROR
The result code $ERROR is equal to 500 and is used by the Citadel server to indicate that the requested operation failed. The second and third digits of the error code and/or the error message following it describes why.
BINARY_FOLLOWS
The result code $BINARY_FOLLOWS is equal to 600 and is used by the Citadel server to indicate that after this line, read "n" bytes. (<Cn> follows after a blank)
SEND_BINARY
The result code $SEND_BINARY is equal to 700 and is used by the Citadel server to indicate that "n" bytes of binary data can now be sent. ("n" follows after a blank.
START_CHAT_MODE
The result code $START_CHAT_MODE is equal to 800 and is used by the Citadel server to indicate that the system is in chat mode now. Every line sent will be broadcasted.
ASYNC_MSG
The result code $ASYC_MSG is equal to 900 and is used by the Citadel server to indicate that there is a page waiting that needs to be fetched.

Room Access

PUBLIC
The room access code $PUBLIC is equal to 0 and is used to indicate that a room is to have public access.
PRIVATE
The room access code $PRIVATE is equal to 1 and is used to indicate that a room is to have private access.
PRIVATE_PASSWORD
The room access code $PRIVATE_PASSWORD is equal to 2 and is used to indicate that a room is to have private access using a password.
PRIVATE_INVITATION
The room access code $PRIVATE_INVITATION is equal to 3 and is used to indicate that a room is to have private access by invitation.
PERSONAL
The room access code $PERSONAL is equal to 4 and is used to indicate that a room is to be a private mailbox only for a particular user.

User related

DELETED_USER
The room access code $DELETED_USER is equal to 0.
NEW_USER
The User related constant $NEW_USER is equal to 1.
PROBLEM_USER
The User related constant $PROBLEM_USER is equal to 2.
LOCAL_USER
The User related constant $LOCAL_USER is equal to 3.
NETWORK_USER
The User related constant $NETWORK_USER is equal to 4.
PREFERRED_USER
The User related constant $PREFERRED_USER is equal to 5.
AIDE_USER
The User related constant $AIDE user is equal to 6.

INTERFACE

Constructor

"$c = new Net::Citadel (host =" $ctdl_host)>

The constructor creates a handle to the citadel server (and creates the TCP connection). It uses the following named parameters:

host (default: "localhost")
The hostname (or IP address) where the citadel server is running. Defaults to "localhost".
port (default: $CITADEL_PORT)
The port where the citadel server is running. Defaults to the standard Citadel port number 504.

The constructor will croak if no connection can be established.

Methods

Authentication
login
$c->login ($user, $pwd)

Logs in this user, or will croak if that fails.

logout
$c->logout

Well, logs out the current user.

Floors

floors
@floors = $c->floors

Retrieves a list (ARRAY) of known floors. Each entry is a hash reference with the name, the number of rooms in that floor and the index as ID. The index within the array is also the ID of the floor.

assert_floor
$c->assert_floor ($floor_name)

Creates the floor with the name provided, or if it already exists simply returns. This only croaks if there are insufficient privileges.

retract_floor
$c->retract_floor ($floor_name)

Retracts a floor with this name. croaks if that fails because of insufficient privileges. Does not croak if the floor did not exist.

NOTE: Citadel server (v7.20) seems to have the bug that you cannot delete an empty floor without restarting the server. Not much I can do here about that.

rooms
@rooms = $c->rooms ($floor_name)

Retrieves the rooms on that given floor.

Rooms

assert_room
$c->assert_room ($floor_name, $room_name, [ $room_attributes ])

Creates the room on the given floor. If the room already exists there, nothing else happens. If the floor does not exist, it will complain.

The optional room attributes are provided as hash with the following fields

"access" (default: "PUBLIC")
One of the constants "PUBLIC", "PRIVATE", "PRIVATE_PASSWORD", "PRIVATE_INVITATION" or "PERSONAL".
"password" (default: empty)
"default_view" (default: empty)
retract_room
$c->retract_room ($floor_name, $room_name)

NOTE: Not implemented yet.

Users

create_user
$c->create_user ($username, $password)

Tries to create a user with name and password. Fails if this user already exists (or some other reason).

change_user
$c->change_user ($user_name, $aspect => $value)

Changes certain aspects of a user. Currently understood aspects are

"password" (string)
"access_level" (0..6, constants available)
remove_user
$c->remove_user ($name)

Removes the user (actually sets level to "DELETED_USER").

Miscellaneous

citadel_echo
$c->citadel_echo ($string)

Tests a connection to the Citadel server by sending a message string to it and then checking to see if that same string is echoed back.

citadel_info
$info_aref = $c->citadel_info()

Sends the "INFO" command to the Citadel server and returns the lines it receives from that as a reference to an array. An example of getting and then displaying the server information lines the following:

 my $c = new Net::Citadel (host => $host_name);
 my $info_aref = $c->citadel_info;
 foreach $line (@{$info_aref}) {
    print $line;
 }

For more details about the server information lines that are returned, see the "INFO" entry at <http://www.citadel.org/doku.php/documentation:appproto:connection>.

citadel_mrtg
%mrtg_hash = $c->citadel_mrtg($type)

Sends the "MRTG" command to the Citadel server. It expects a type of either "users" or "messages" to be passed to it and returns a hash containing the information from the server.

ActiveUsers Number of active users on the system. Only returned for type "users".
ConnectedUsers
Number of connected users on the system. Only returned for type "users".
HighMsg
Higest message number on the system. Only returned for type "messages".
SystemUptime
The uptime for the system formated as days, hours, minutes.
SystemName
Human readable name of the Citadel system.
citadel_time
$t = $c->citadel_time

Gets the current system time and time zone offset from UTC in UNIX timestamp format from the Citadel server.

"TODO": Rewrite function to return the unpacked parameters as a hash upon success.

TODOs

- Decent GUI using Mason + AJAX

AUTHORS

Robert Barta, <[email protected]> Robert James Clay, <[email protected]>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright (C) 2007-2008 by Robert Barta Copyright (C) 2012-2013 by Robert James Clay

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself, either Perl version 5.8.8 or, at your option, any later version of Perl 5 you may have available.