Trickle message API

The interface for trickle messages includes both client-side and server-side components.

Client-side API

To send a trickle-up message, call

int boinc_send_trickle_up(char* variety, char* text)

To receive a trickle-down message, call

int boinc_receive_trickle_down(char* buf, int len)

This returns true (nonzero) if there was a message.

Server-side API

Handling trickle-up messages

To handle trickle-up messages, use a 'trickle_handler' daemon. This is a program, based on sched/trickle_handler.cpp, linked with functions

int handle_trickle_init(int argc, char** argv);     // initialize
int handle_trickle(MSG_FROM_HOST&);                 // handle a trickle message

struct MSG_FROM_HOST {
    int create_time;
    int hostid;
    char variety[256];              // project-defined; what kind of msg
    char xml[MSG_FROM_HOST_BLOB_SIZE];

This function should return zero if the message was handled successfully. The 'hostid' field identifies the host from which the message was sent. The daemon must be passed a '--variety X' command-line argument, telling it what kind of messages to handle. The daemon should be specified in the project configuration file.

By default, a trickle handler daemon enumerates msg_from_host records with handled==0, and when done sets handled=1. If you need multiple stages of trickle handling, you can do so by assigning handled_enum and handled_set in handle_trickle_init(). For example, by setting these to 1 and 2 respectively you can add a 2nd stage of handling.

Sending trickle-down messages

To send trickle-down messages (from a trickle handler daemon or other program) you must insert a record in the 'msg_to_host' table. From C/C++, this is done as follows:


mth.create_time = time(0);
mth.hostid = hostid;
    "   <result_name>%s</result_name>\n"
    "   ...\n"
retval = mth.insert();

To send trickle-down messages, include


in your configuration (config.xml) file.

Purging trickle messages

If you use either type of trickle message, you should include

  <cmd>run_in_ops purge_trickles.php</cmd>
  <period>24 hours</period>

in your configuration (config.xml) file, to delete unneeded trickle-related records from your database. It you use multiple stages of trickle-up handling, use

purge_trickles.php msg_from_host 2

or whatever the final value of "handled" is.

Replicated trickle-up messages

You can arrange to have trickle-up messages sent not only the the project's scheduler, but to other schedulers as well. To do this, including the following in your gui_urls.xml file:

    [ ... ]

The messages sent to these trickle-up handlers are abbreviated versions of scheduler RPC requests.

This works only with 6.13.5+ clients.

Last modified 5 years ago Last modified on Aug 23, 2018, 8:38:23 PM