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Managing Plugins

Git Repository

Most plugin-related files are available in the wazo-provd-plugins repository. Following examples are relative to the repository directory tree. Any modifications should be preceeded by a [git pull]{.title-ref}.

Updating a Plugin

We will be using the [xivo-cisco-spa]{.title-ref} plugins family as an example on this page

There is one directory per family. Here is the directory structure for xivo-cisco-spa:

+-- model_name_xxx
+-- model_name_xxx
+-- common

Every plugin has a folder called common which regoups common ressources for each model. Every model has its own folder with its version number.

After modifying a plugin, you must increment the version number. You can modifiy the file plugin-info to change the version number:

+-- model_name_xxx
    +-- plugin-info

emoji-exclamation If ever you modify the folder common, you must increment the version number of all the models.

Use Case: Update Firmwares for a given plugin

Let us suppose we want to update firmwares for xivo-snom from to 5. Here are the steps to follow :

  1. Copy folder plugins/xivo-snom/ to plugins/xivo-snom/
  2. Update VERSION number in plugins/xivo-snom/
  3. Update VERSION number in plugins/xivo-snom/
  4. Download new firmwares (.bin files from snom website)
  5. Update VERSION number and URIs in plugins/xivo-snom/ (with uris of downloaded files from snom website)
  6. Update sizes and sha1sums in plugins/xivo-snom/ (using helper script xivo-tools/dev-tools/check_fw)
  7. Update plugins/xivo-snom/ (duplicate and update section >

Test your changes

You have three different methods to test your changes on your development machine.

Always increase plugin version (easiest)

If the production version is 0.4, change the plugin version to 0.4.01, make your changes and upload to testing (see below).

Next modification will change the plugin version to 0.4.02, etc. When you are finished making changes, change the version to 0.5 and upload one last time.

Edit directly on Wazo

Edit the files in /var/lib/wazo-provd/plugins{.interpreted-text role="file"}.

To apply your changes, go in wazo-provd-cli and run:


Disable plugin caching

Edit /etc/wazo-provd/config.yml and add the line:

  cache_plugin: True

Empty /var/cache/wazo-provd and restart provd.

Make your changes in provd-plugins, update the plugin version to the new one and upload to testing (see below). Now, every time you uninstall/install the plugin, the new plugin will be fetched from testing, instead of being cached, even without changing the version.

Uploading to testing

Before updating a plugin, it must be passed through the testing phase. Once it has been approved it can be uploaded to the production server.

In the wazo-provd-plugins repo, you must merge your changes in the testing branch before uploading the plugins to

git checkout testing
git pull
git merge my-new-branch
git push  # this step is important: it validates that your build is up-to-date and will not remove anything
make upload

Afterwards, you must modify the plugin_server. This can be changed with wazo-provd endpoint /provd/configure/plugin_server.


You can then update the list of plugins and check the version number for the plugin that you modified. Don't forget to install the plugin to test it.

Using wazo-provd-cli on a Wazo server, one can mass-install firmwares. Following example installs all firmwares for xivo-snom plugin (note the auto-completion):

wazo-provd-cli> plugins.installed().keys()
wazo-provd-cli> p = plugins['xivo-snom-']
wazo-provd-cli> p.install_all()

Uploading to stable

Once checked, you must synchronize the plugin from [testing]{.title-ref} to [stable]{.title-ref}. If applicable, you should also update the archive repo.

To download the stable and archive plugins:

$ make download-stable
$ make download-archive

Go to the [plugins/_build]{.title-ref} directory and delete the plugins that are going to be updated. Note that if you are not updating a plugin but you are instead removing it "once and for all", you should instead move it to the archive directory:

$ rm -fi stable/xivo-cisco-spa*

Copy the files from the directory [testing]{.title-ref} to stable:

$ cp testing/xivo-cisco-spa* stable

Go back to the [plugins]{.title-ref} directory and upload the files to the stable and archive repo:

$ make upload-stable
$ make upload-archive

The file are now up to date and you can test by putting back the [stable]{.title-ref} url in the web-interface's configuration: