[Serusers] Dispatcher and a dynamic list file

Daniel-Constantin Mierla daniel at voice-system.ro
Tue Aug 9 14:50:50 CEST 2005

On 08/09/05 13:51, Alistair Cunningham wrote:

> I'm looking for ideas on how to use the dispatcher module with a list 
> file that is frequently updated by another process (specifically, it 
> checks the availability of the remote machines, and also interacts 
> with the heartbeat program).
> In the past, I've always used an exec_dst() call to run an external 
> program which does this, but would now like to migrate to using 
> dispatcher for performance. If that's not possible, I'll go back to 
> the old method.
> I've considered adding a call to ds_select_dst() to call 
> ds_destroy_list(); ds_load_list() on each request with file locking. 
> It looks like it should work. Has anyone implemented this? Does it 
> work? Does it have a significant impact on performance?

there is on the todo list to add support to reload the destination list 
upon a fifo command or other external event. Destroying and reloading 
the list for each request will have quite big performance impact, so it 
is better to do it only when needed.

> I'd also be open to having the other process write to a database 
> table, which then SER reads. I'm not sure what's the best mechanism 
> within SER to look up the table - perhaps avpops? I'd even be willing 
> write a new module to do it - 'dispatcher_db' perhaps, but this 
> wouldn't be in the short future.

Do you want a db lookup for each request, or when the server starts and 
then use a cache?


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