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Add a function from loading interface definitions from a directory to the Startup module
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Note: I made a module for "housekeeping" stuff (src/ and moved relevant functions from to there.

The idea is that we load all interface definitions from a directory, in VyOS it could be /usr/share/vyos/interfaces, and we need a function for this. The function will have type:

val load_interface_definitions : string -> Reference_tree.t

The function should panic if an error occurs, see load_config. I took care of errors that come from the Xml module, so the only exception you need to catch is Bad_interface_definition

For those who want to take it up:

To make a root node for the reference tree, use

let root = Vytree.make Reference_tree.default_data "root" in ...

The function for loading a reference tree from file is Reference_tree.load_from xml : Reference_tree.t -> string -> Reference_tree.t

To get a list of files in a dir, there's a handy function in the fileutils library, : string -> string list
Given a dir, you can make a list of absolute paths from it with function, the rest is List.fold_left , wrapped in a try/with block.
You can find the List module docs here: (one thing of note is that both map and fold_left take the function as their first argument).

If you want to take it up and have any questions, feel free to ask.


Difficulty level
Easy (less than an hour)

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@dmbaturin, you can probably assign this one to me, if you feel comfortable doing so. I think I'm nearly done. I'd just like to put together some decent test cases before making a PR.

syncer changed the subtype of this task from "Task" to "Enhancement".Oct 20 2018, 7:10 AM