Command-Line Interface Developer Guide¶
The SoftLayer CLI can be used to manage many different SoftLayer services directly from the command line.
For the first example, we can create slcli table-example by creating the following file at SoftLayer/CLI/table_example.py:
from SoftLayer.CLI import formatting import click @click.command() def cli(): """This returns an table that highlights how tables are output""" # create a table with two columns: col1, col2 t = formatting.Table(['col1', 'col2']) # align the data facing each other # valid values are r, c, l for right, center, left # note, these are suggestions based on the format chosen by the user t.align['col1'] = 'r' t.align['col2'] = 'l' # add rows t.add_row(['test', 'test']) t.add_row(['test2', 'test2']) return t
Then we need to register it so that slcli table-example will know to route to this new module. We do that by adding ALL_ROUTES in SoftLayer/CLI/routes.py to include the following:
... ('table-example', 'SoftLayer.CLI.table_example:cli'), ...
Which gives us
$ slcli table-example :.......:.......: : col1 : col2 : :.......:.......: : test : test : : test2 : test2 : :.......:.......: $ slcli --format=raw table-example test test test2 test2
Formatting of the data represented in the table is actually controlled upstream from the CLIRunnable’s making supporting more data formats in the future easier.
A command usually isn’t very useful without context or arguments of some kind. With click, you have a large array of argument and option types at your disposal. Additionally, with the SoftLayer CLI, we have global options and context which is stored in SoftLayer.CLI.environment.Environment and is attainable through a decorator located at SoftLayer.CLI.environment.pass_env. An example of options and the environment is shown below. It also shows how output should be done using env.out instead of printing. This is used for testing and to have a consistent way to print things onto the screen.
from SoftLayer.CLI import environment import click @click.command() @click.option("--number", required=True, type=click.INT, help="print different output") @click.option("--choice", type=click.Choice(['this', 'that']), help="print different output") @click.option("--test", help="print different output") @environment.pass_env def cli(env, number, choice, test): """Argument parsing example""" if test: env.out("Just testing, move along...") else: env.out("This is fo'realz!") if choice == 'this': env.out("Selected this") elif choice == 'that': env.out("Selected that") env.out("This is a number: %d" % number)
Refer to the click library documentation for more options.
Accessing the API¶
A SoftLayer client is stood up for every command and is available through SoftLayer.CLI.environment.Environment.client. The example below shows how to make a simple API call to the SoftLayer_Account::getObject.
from SoftLayer.CLI import environment import click @click.command() @environment.pass_env def cli(env): """Using the SoftLayer API client""" account = env.client['Account'].getObject() return account['companyName']
When a confirmation fails, you probably want to stop execution and give a non-zero exit code. To do that, raise a SoftLayer.CLI.exceptions.CLIAbort exception with the message for the user as the first parameter. This will prevent any further execution and properly return the right error code.
raise CLIAbort("Aborting. Failed confirmation")