Bug 1108399 - Move mach docs into sphinx; r=ahal
authorGregory Szorc <gps@mozilla.com>
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 10:40:19 -0800
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Bug 1108399 - Move mach docs into sphinx; r=ahal mach has restructured text documentation. Let's expose it to the in-tree Sphinx config so we can increase visibility of the documentation.
--- a/python/mach/README.rst
+++ b/python/mach/README.rst
@@ -5,324 +5,9 @@ mach
 Mach (German for *do*) is a generic command dispatcher for the command
 To use mach, you install the mach core (a Python package), create an
 executable *driver* script (named whatever you want), and write mach
 commands. When the *driver* is executed, mach dispatches to the
 requested command handler automatically.
-On a high level, mach is similar to using argparse with subparsers (for
-command handling). When you dig deeper, mach offers a number of
-additional features:
-Distributed command definitions
-  With optparse/argparse, you have to define your commands on a central
-  parser instance. With mach, you annotate your command methods with
-  decorators and mach finds and dispatches to them automatically.
-Command categories
-  Mach commands can be grouped into categories when displayed in help.
-  This is currently not possible with argparse.
-Logging management
-  Mach provides a facility for logging (both classical text and
-  structured) that is available to any command handler.
-Settings files
-  Mach provides a facility for reading settings from an ini-like file
-  format.
-Mach is conceptually composed of the following components:
-  The mach core is the core code powering mach. This is a Python package
-  that contains all the business logic that makes mach work. The mach
-  core is common to all mach deployments.
-  These are what mach dispatches to. Commands are simply Python methods
-  registered as command names. The set of commands is unique to the
-  environment mach is deployed in.
-  The *driver* is the entry-point to mach. It is simply an executable
-  script that loads the mach core, tells it where commands can be found,
-  then asks the mach core to handle the current request. The driver is
-  unique to the deployed environment. But, it's usually based on an
-  example from this source tree.
-Project State
-mach was originally written as a command dispatching framework to aid
-Firefox development. While the code is mostly generic, there are still
-some pieces that closely tie it to Mozilla/Firefox. The goal is for
-these to eventually be removed and replaced with generic features so
-mach is suitable for anybody to use. Until then, mach may not be the
-best fit for you.
-Implementing Commands
-Mach commands are defined via Python decorators.
-All the relevant decorators are defined in the *mach.decorators* module.
-The important decorators are as follows:
-  A class decorator that denotes that a class contains mach
-  commands. The decorator takes no arguments.
-  A method decorator that denotes that the method should be called when
-  the specified command is requested. The decorator takes a command name
-  as its first argument and a number of additional arguments to
-  configure the behavior of the command.
-  A method decorator that defines an argument to the command. Its
-  arguments are essentially proxied to ArgumentParser.add_argument()
-Classes with the *@CommandProvider* decorator *must* have an *__init__*
-method that accepts 1 or 2 arguments. If it accepts 2 arguments, the
-2nd argument will be a *MachCommandContext* instance. This is just a named
-tuple containing references to objects provided by the mach driver.
-Here is a complete example::
-    from mach.decorators import (
-        CommandArgument,
-        CommandProvider,
-        Command,
-    )
-    @CommandProvider
-    class MyClass(object):
-        @Command('doit', help='Do ALL OF THE THINGS.')
-        @CommandArgument('--force', '-f', action='store_true',
-            help='Force doing it.')
-        def doit(self, force=False):
-            # Do stuff here.
-When the module is loaded, the decorators tell mach about all handlers.
-When mach runs, it takes the assembled metadata from these handlers and
-hooks it up to the command line driver. Under the hood, arguments passed
-to the decorators are being used to help mach parse command arguments,
-formulate arguments to the methods, etc. See the documentation in the
-*mach.base* module for more.
-The Python modules defining mach commands do not need to live inside the
-main mach source tree.
-Conditionally Filtering Commands
-Sometimes it might only make sense to run a command given a certain
-context. For example, running tests only makes sense if the product
-they are testing has been built, and said build is available. To make
-sure a command is only runnable from within a correct context, you can
-define a series of conditions on the *Command* decorator.
-A condition is simply a function that takes an instance of the
-*CommandProvider* class as an argument, and returns True or False. If
-any of the conditions defined on a command return False, the command
-will not be runnable. The doc string of a condition function is used in
-error messages, to explain why the command cannot currently be run.
-Here is an example:
-    from mach.decorators import (
-        CommandProvider,
-        Command,
-    )
-    def build_available(cls):
-        """The build needs to be available."""
-        return cls.build_path is not None
-    @CommandProvider
-    class MyClass(MachCommandBase):
-        def __init__(self, build_path=None):
-            self.build_path = build_path
-        @Command('run_tests', conditions=[build_available])
-        def run_tests(self):
-            # Do stuff here.
-It is important to make sure that any state needed by the condition is
-available to instances of the command provider.
-By default all commands without any conditions applied will be runnable,
-but it is possible to change this behaviour by setting *require_conditions*
-to True:
-    m = mach.main.Mach()
-    m.require_conditions = True
-Minimizing Code in Commands
-Mach command modules, classes, and methods work best when they are
-minimal dispatchers. The reason is import bloat. Currently, the mach
-core needs to import every Python file potentially containing mach
-commands for every command invocation. If you have dozens of commands or
-commands in modules that import a lot of Python code, these imports
-could slow mach down and waste memory.
-It is thus recommended that mach modules, classes, and methods do as
-little work as possible. Ideally the module should only import from
-the *mach* package. If you need external modules, you should import them
-from within the command method.
-To keep code size small, the body of a command method should be limited
-1. Obtaining user input (parsing arguments, prompting, etc)
-2. Calling into some other Python package
-3. Formatting output
-Of course, these recommendations can be ignored if you want to risk
-slower performance.
-In the future, the mach driver may cache the dispatching information or
-have it intelligently loaded to facilitate lazy loading.
-Mach configures a built-in logging facility so commands can easily log
-What sets the logging facility apart from most loggers you've seen is
-that it encourages structured logging. Instead of conventional logging
-where simple strings are logged, the internal logging mechanism logs all
-events with the following pieces of information:
-* A string *action*
-* A dict of log message fields
-* A formatting string
-Essentially, instead of assembling a human-readable string at
-logging-time, you create an object holding all the pieces of data that
-will constitute your logged event. For each unique type of logged event,
-you assign an *action* name.
-Depending on how logging is configured, your logged event could get
-written a couple of different ways.
-JSON Logging
-Where machines are the intended target of the logging data, a JSON
-logger is configured. The JSON logger assembles an array consisting of
-the following elements:
-* Decimal wall clock time in seconds since UNIX epoch
-* String *action* of message
-* Object with structured message data
-The JSON-serialized array is written to a configured file handle.
-Consumers of this logging stream can just perform a readline() then feed
-that into a JSON deserializer to reconstruct the original logged
-message. They can key off the *action* element to determine how to
-process individual events. There is no need to invent a parser.
-Convenient, isn't it?
-Logging for Humans
-Where humans are the intended consumer of a log message, the structured
-log message are converted to more human-friendly form. This is done by
-utilizing the *formatting* string provided at log time. The logger
-simply calls the *format* method of the formatting string, passing the
-dict containing the message's fields.
-When *mach* is used in a terminal that supports it, the logging facility
-also supports terminal features such as colorization. This is done
-automatically in the logging layer - there is no need to control this at
-logging time.
-In addition, messages intended for humans typically prepends every line
-with the time passed since the application started.
-Logging HOWTO
-Structured logging piggybacks on top of Python's built-in logging
-infrastructure provided by the *logging* package. We accomplish this by
-taking advantage of *logging.Logger.log()*'s *extra* argument. To this
-argument, we pass a dict with the fields *action* and *params*. These
-are the string *action* and dict of message fields, respectively. The
-formatting string is passed as the *msg* argument, like normal.
-If you were logging to a logger directly, you would do something like:
-    logger.log(logging.INFO, 'My name is {name}',
-        extra={'action': 'my_name', 'params': {'name': 'Gregory'}})
-The JSON logging would produce something like:
-    [1339985554.306338, "my_name", {"name": "Gregory"}]
-Human logging would produce something like:
-     0.52 My name is Gregory
-Since there is a lot of complexity using logger.log directly, it is
-recommended to go through a wrapping layer that hides part of the
-complexity for you. The easiest way to do this is by utilizing the
-    import logging
-    from mach.mixin.logging import LoggingMixin
-    class MyClass(LoggingMixin):
-        def foo(self):
-             self.log(logging.INFO, 'foo_start', {'bar': True},
-                 'Foo performed. Bar: {bar}')
-Entry Points
-It is possible to use setuptools' entry points to load commands
-directly from python packages. A mach entry point is a function which
-returns a list of files or directories containing mach command
-providers. e.g.::
-    def list_providers():
-        providers = []
-        here = os.path.abspath(os.path.dirname(__file__))
-        for p in os.listdir(here):
-            if p.endswith('.py'):
-                providers.append(os.path.join(here, p))
-        return providers
-See http://pythonhosted.org/setuptools/setuptools.html#dynamic-discovery-of-services-and-plugins
-for more information on creating an entry point. To search for entry
-point plugins, you can call *load_commands_from_entry_point*. This
-takes a single parameter called *group*. This is the name of the entry
-point group to load and defaults to ``mach.providers``. e.g.::
-    mach.load_commands_from_entry_point("mach.external.providers")
-Adding Global Arguments
-Arguments to mach commands are usually command-specific. However,
-mach ships with a handful of global arguments that apply to all
-It is possible to extend the list of global arguments. In your
-*mach driver*, simply call ``add_global_argument()`` on your
-``mach.main.Mach`` instance. e.g.::
-   mach = mach.main.Mach(os.getcwd())
-   # Will allow --example to be specified on every mach command.
-   mach.add_global_argument('--example', action='store_true',
-       help='Demonstrate an example global argument.')
+To learn more, read the docs in ``docs/``.
copy from python/mach/README.rst
copy to python/mach/docs/index.rst
--- a/python/moz.build
+++ b/python/moz.build
@@ -1,21 +1,24 @@
 # -*- Mode: python; c-basic-offset: 4; indent-tabs-mode: nil; tab-width: 40 -*-
 # vim: set filetype=python:
 # This Source Code Form is subject to the terms of the Mozilla Public
 # License, v. 2.0. If a copy of the MPL was not distributed with this
 # file, You can obtain one at http://mozilla.org/MPL/2.0/.
+    'mach',
+SPHINX_TREES['mach'] = 'mach/docs'