Separated listsTwo individual lists (get+set list) of plugins solve the described problem. Instead of bidirectional processing of a single list two separate arrays are used. It turns out that error scenarios also make this approach unsuccessful. When a plugin fails, no other plugin must be executed later on because it might depend on the previous plugin to work correctly. In kdbGet(), this works well -- the update process will be stopped. But during kdbSet(), changes to the file system must be reverted. Plugins can leave a lock, temporary file or journal. These resources need to be cleaned up properly.
Error ListSo every backend additionally needs a third array that is executed in error scenarios during kdbSet(). Plugins responsible for the cleanup, rollback or error notification are inserted into it.
The resolver plugin requires this error list to do a proper rollback. Another use case is logging after a failure has happened.
PlacementsThe ordering of plugins inside these three arrays is controlled by elektra-contracts(7) elektra-contracts. Each of the three arrays has ten slots. These slots have names to be referred to in the contract.
Here you see a table that contains all names:
0 prerollback getresolver setresolver 1 prerollback pregetstorage presetstorage 2 prerollback pregetstorage presetstorage 3 prerollback pregetstorage presetstorage 4 prerollback pregetstorage presetstorage 5 rollback getstorage setstorage 6 postrollback postgetstorage precommit 7 postrollback postgetstorage commit 8 postrollback postgetstorage postcommit 9 postrollback postgetstorage postcommit
how the placement is influenced using infos/placement, infos/ordering and infos/stacking as described in CONTRACT.ini /doc/CONTRACT.ini.