zato service invoke


Invokes a service by its name through HTTP.

The command connects to ODB the server pointed to by path uses and finds an HTTP channel and credentials matching the –url-path.

The channel is invoked and response is printed out. Passing –verbose flag in allows to return additional details regarding the response.

If a service produces no response, ‘(None)’ will be returned.

When using the command to invoke other services it’s important to remember that overhead of connecting to ODB, looking up channels and accessing the service indirectly through the service invoker may be non-negligible. Hence the command is meant to be a means to help out in debugging but is a poor candidate to measure the performance of Zato services.

If executing a service in async mode, its response will be a CID it’s been invoked with.

Command-specific parameters

Name Description Example value
–payload Payload to invoke the service with ‘{“hello”: “world”}’
–headers Additional HTTP headers the service invoker will receive in format of header-name=header-value; header2-name=header2-value x-my-header1=myvalue1; x-my-header2=myvalue2
–channel Channel the service will be invoked through, default is ‘invoke’ amqp
–data-format Payload’s data format, default is ‘json’ json
–transport Transport to invoke the service over  
–url-path URL path zato.service.invoke is exposed on  
–max-cid-repr How many characters of each end of a CID to print out in verbose mode, default is 5 3
–max-response-repr How many characters of a response to print out in verbose mode, default is 2500 100
–async Whether the service should be executed asynchronously (None needed, simply specify the flag on command line)
–expiration If running in async mode, after how many seconds the message published should expire, default is 15 seconds 6
path Path in the file-system to a server the service is deployed on /opt/zato/server1
name Name of the service to invoke zato.helpers.input-logger


Note that the last response below has been slightly reformatted to improve clarity.

zato service invoke [-h] [--store-log] [--verbose] [--store-config]
   [--payload PAYLOAD] [--headers HEADERS]
   [--channel CHANNEL] [--data-format DATA_FORMAT]
   [--transport TRANSPORT] [--url-path URL_PATH]
   [--max-cid-repr MAX_CID_REPR]
   [--max-response-repr MAX_RESPONSE_REPR]
   path name
$ zato service invoke /opt/zato/server1/
{u'pong': u'zato'}
$ zato service invoke /opt/zato/server1/ --async
$ zato service invoke /opt/zato/server1/ --verbose
{u'pong': u'zato'}
inner.text:[{"zato_env": {"details": "", "result": "ZATO_OK",
    "cid": "K057707985647839287036685825810024772962"},
    "zato_service_invoke_response": {"response":
response:[<ServiceInvokeResponse at 0x26cb7d0 ok:[True] inner.status_code:[200]
    cid:[K0577..72962], inner.text:[{"zato_env": {"details": "", "result": "ZATO_OK",
    "cid": "K057707985647839287036685825810024772962"}, "zato_service_invoke_response":
{"response": "eyJ6YXRvX3BpbmdfcmVzcG9uc2UiOiB7InBvbmciOiAiemF0byJ9fQ==\n"}}]>]


Version Notes
1.0 Added initially