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#Plainsync server

Server side of the Plainsync editor.


The recommended way of setting up the server is using Docker. The image can be built and run by issuing docker-compose up -d in the project's root. Alternatively, simply launch the server with python3 . (note the trailing dot).


Configuration is done through command line options (see python . --help) or environment variables, with CLI options taking precedence. The storage location directory will be automatically created if it does not exist, other locations must be available for the server to start.

Environment variables:

  • PLAINSYNC_HOST: host name for the server, default localhost
  • PLAINSYNC_PORT: port number to use, default 9999
  • PLAINSYNC_STORAGE: location of the data storage, default $PWD/data
  • PLAINSYNC_DATABASE: location of the database, default $PLAINSYNC_STORAGE/plainsync.sqlite
  • PLAINSYNC_LOGLEVEL: log level for the server, default INFO
  • PLAINSYNC_LOGFILE: location of the log file, default is standard output

#Server operation

The server is built using the socketserver module from Python's standard library. The server listens on specified socket and relegates new connections to instances of TCPHandler class, which establish sessions and handle further request.

Every connection is expected to first provide an AuthRequest, which is then verified and, upon success, given a session ID. The handler then answers incoming requests and ends the session after the connection is aborted, or if the incoming message cannot be parsed.

Information about available users, their files and file shares is stored in an sqlite database, which is accessed by the TCPHandler using an instance of DatabaseManager. Users must be manually added to the database, for example using the sqlite command line client. Files themselves are stored under PLAINSYNC_STORAGE and identified by their unique ID.