Audit Broker State

Manual section:8
Date: October 2017
Version: 2.17.10a2
Manual group:Metpx-Sarracenia Suite


sr_audit configfile foreground|start|stop|restart|reload|status sr_audit --pump foreground configfile sr_audit --users foreground configfile


Sr_audit configures a broker to reflect sarracenia configuration settings. Sr_audit takes one argument: the action to perform. One can also set a few option in a configuration file: debug, max_queue_size and sleep

When Sr_audit is started, it connects to the broker using the admin account.

It sleeps sleep seconds.

The default behavior of sr_audit is to manage and control the queues on the broker. The queues are validated and deleted if there is no client connected to it and has more than max_queue_size messages waiting. If there are queues or exchanges that do not conform to sarracenia naming conventions (queue names start with q_"brokerusername" where "brokerusername" is a valid user on the broker).

(FIXME, NOTE: currently for backward support, sr_audit tolerates queues that starts with cmc)

When configuring a pump, there are other ways of using sr_audit. When sr_audit is invoked with --pump it helps configuring the pump. When invoked with --users the program manages the users, permissions and exchanges.


In general, the options for this component are described by the sr_subscribe(7) page which should be read first. It fully explains the option configuration language, and how to find option settings.


Use sr_audit invoke with --pump to set up it's configuration. It makes sure the feeder user credentials are given and the admin user is defined and valid.


When sr_audit is invoked with --users, the broker's users and exchanges are verified. The program builds a list of users by their declare roles. It checks that users : root, feeder, anonymous and have appropriate roles: admin, feeder, subscribe. Next, it makes sure that users configured in sarracenia configurations are present on the broker. Missing users are added... with the permissions required for their role. Extra users, not configured in sarracenia, are deleted.

To verify user exchanges, sr_audit gets the list of exchanges present on the broker. From the users and roles, it determines the exchanges that should be present and creates the one missing. Extra exchanges are deleted if their names do not start with 'x'.

When adding or deleting a user, the broker administrator adds or delete the role declaration for a username and in the default.conf file. Then he runs sr_audit --users foreground configfile. The log on standard output would tell the administrator what broker resources were added/deleted (user,exchanges, queue, etc).


There are very few options that sr_audit uses:

admin <user> (Mandatory: broker admin user, detailed in credentials.conf)

debug <boolean> (default: False)

reset <boolean> (default: False)

set_passwords <boolean> (default: True)

sleep <int> (default: 60 in seconds)

max_queue_size <int> (default: 25000 nbr messages in queue)

The admin option must be defined it normally be set in the file default.conf and the credential details would be found in the file credentials.conf Normally when users are created, the passwords for communications with the broker are set based on the values found in the credentials file.

When the reset option is given, user passwords and permissions will be reset to their expected values. Normally, an existing user's permissions are left untouched by an audit run.


sr_subscribe(7) - the format of configurations for MetPX-Sarracenia.

sr_report(7) - the format of report messages.

sr_report(1) - process report messages.

sr_post(1) - post announcemensts of specific files.

sr_post(7) - The format of announcement messages.

sr_sarra(1) - Subscribe, Acquire, and ReAdvertise tool.

sr_watch(1) - the directory watching daemon. - sr_subscribe is a component of MetPX-Sarracenia, the AMQP based data pump.