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Introduction

ygot (YANG Go Tools) is a collection of Go utilities that can be used to:

  • Generate a set of Go structures and enumerated values for a set of YANG modules, with associated helper methods.
  • Validate the contents of the Go structures against the YANG schema (e.g., validating range and regular expression constraints).
  • Render the Go structures to an output format - such as JSON, or a set of gNMI Notifications for use in a deployment of streaming telemetry.

Whilst ygot is designed to work with any YANG module, for OpenConfig modules, it can provide transformations of the schema to optimise the data structures that are produced for use in systems that generate data instances of the models for configuration purposes. These helper methods require that the OpenConfig style guide patterns are implemented, a model can be verified to conform with these requirements using the OpenConfig linter.

Note: This is not an official Google product.

Getting Started with ygot

Current support for

ygot
is for the latest 3 Go releases.

ygot
consists of a number of parts,
generator
which is a binary using the
ygen
library to generate Go code from a set of YANG modules.
ygot
which provides helper methods for the
ygen
-produced structs - for example, rendering to JSON, or gNMI notifications - and
ytypes
which provides validation of the contents of
ygen
structs against the YANG schema.

The basic workflow for working with

ygot
is as follows:
  • Generate Go code from a set of YANG files.
  • Write code that populates the Go structures.
  • Validate the contents of the Go structures.
  • Output the contents of the structures as JSON or gNMI Notifications.

The

demo/getting_started
directory walks through this process for a simple implementation of
openconfig-interfaces
.

Generating Go Structures from YANG

The generator binary takes a set of YANG modules as input and outputs generated code. For example:

generator -output_file= -package_name= [yangfiles]

Will output generated Go code for

yangfiles
(a space separated list of YANG files) to a file at
 with the Go package named 
.

Most YANG modules include other modules. If these included modules are not within the current working directory, the

path
argument is used. The argument to
path
is a comma-separated list of directories which will be recursively searched for included files.

By default,

ygot
does not output an entity for the root of the schema tree - such that there is not a root entity to consider in code. If one is desired then it can be produced by using the
generate_fakeroot
argument. If specified an element with the name specified by
fakeroot_name
will be created in the output code. By default the fake root element is called
device
, since the root is often considered to be a device within the OpenConfig use case.

If schema transformations for OpenConfig are desired, these are enabled using the

compress_paths
argument.

Putting this all together, a command line to generate OpenConfig interfaces from the contents of the

demo/getting_started/yang
directory is:
go run $GOPATH/src/github.com/openconfig/ygot/generator/generator.go -path=yang -output_file=pkg/ocdemo/oc.go -package_name=ocdemo -generate_fakeroot -fakeroot_name=device -compress_paths=true -shorten_enum_leaf_names -typedef_enum_with_defmod -exclude_modules=ietf-interfaces yang/openconfig-interfaces.yang

To allow this file to be auto-created, you can place a command which allows this code generation to be done automatically, either by creating a file within the YANG directory, or directly embedding this command within the source file that populates the structures. For an example, see the

demo/getting_started/main.go
file which includes:
//go:generate go run ../../generator/generator.go -path=yang -output_file=pkg/ocdemo/oc.go -package_name=ocdemo -generate_fakeroot -fakeroot_name=device -compress_paths=true -shorten_enum_leaf_names -typedef_enum_with_defmod -exclude_modules=ietf-interfaces yang/openconfig-interfaces.yang

This means that we can simply type

go generate
within
demo/getting_started
- and the
demo/getting_started/pkg/ocdemo/oc.go
is created with the code bindings for the OpenConfig interfaces module.

Writing Code that Populates the Go Structures

Once we have generated the Go bindings for the YANG module, we're ready to use them in an application.

First, let's take a look at what the

demo/getting_started/pkg/ocdemo/oc.go
file contains. Particularly, looking at the fake root entity that we created (named device):
// Device represents the /device YANG schema element.
type Device struct {
        Interface       map[string]*Interface   `path:"interfaces/interface" rootname:"interface" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
}

Since we enabled

compress_paths
, then the
/interfaces/interface
element in OpenConfig was represented as
Interface
at the root (called
Device
). We can see that since
interface
is a list, keyed by the
name
element, then the
Interface
map is keyed by a string.

Looking further down the tree at

Interface
:
// Interface represents the /openconfig-interfaces/interfaces/interface YANG schema element.
type Interface struct {
        AdminStatus  E_OpenconfigInterfaces_Interface_AdminStatus `path:"state/admin-status" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        Counters     *Interface_Counters                          `path:"state/counters" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        Description  *string                                      `path:"config/description" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        Enabled      *bool                                        `path:"config/enabled" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        HoldTime     *Interface_HoldTime                          `path:"hold-time" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        Ifindex      *uint32                                      `path:"state/ifindex" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        LastChange   *uint32                                      `path:"state/last-change" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        Mtu          *uint16                                      `path:"config/mtu" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        Name         *string                                      `path:"config/name|name" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        OperStatus   E_OpenconfigInterfaces_Interface_AdminStatus `path:"state/oper-status" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        Subinterface map[uint32]*Interface_Subinterface           `path:"subinterfaces/subinterface" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
        Type         E_IETFInterfaces_InterfaceType               `path:"config/type" module:"openconfig-interfaces"`
}

Since OpenConfig path compression was enabled, then this

Interface
struct contains both direct descendants of
/interfaces/interface
- such as
hold-time
(in the
Hold-Time
field), along with those that were within the
config
and
state
fields. The path information is retained in the
path
struct tag -- but this isn't of interest to most developers working directly with the structs!

We can populate an interface by using a mixture of the helper methods, and directly setting fields of the struct. To create a new interface within the device, we can use the

NewInterface
method. A
New...
method is created for all lists within the YANG schema, and takes an argument of the key that is used for the list. It creates a new entry in the map with the specified key, returning an error if the key is already defined.

An example is shown below:

// Create a new interface called "eth0"
i, err := d.NewInterface("eth0")

// Set the fields that are within the struct. i.AdminStatus = oc.OpenconfigInterfaces_Interface_AdminStatus_UP i.Mtu = ygot.Uint16(1500) i.Description = ygot.String("An Interface")

The

ygot
package provides helpers that allow an input type to returned as a pointer to be populated within the structs. For example,
ygot.String
returns a string pointer to the argument supplied.

Equally, we can define a new interface directly and add it to the map, without using the

NewInterface
method:
d.Interface["eth1"] = &oc.Interface{
    Name:        ygot.String("eth1"),
    Description: ygot.String("Another Interface"),
    Enabled:     ygot.Bool(false),
    Type:        oc.IETFInterfaces_InterfaceType_ethernetCsmacd,
}

Validating the Struct Contents

For some fields of the structures, enumerated values for example, values of fields are restricted such that they cannot have invalid values specified. In other cases, such as an IPv4 addresses, a string may not match a regular expression, but the Go structure does not restrict the contents of the struct being populated with this data.

By default each struct has a

Validate
method, this can be used to validate the struct's contents against the schema.
Validate
can be called against each structure, for example:
if err := d.Interface["eth0"].Validate(); err != nil {
    panic(fmt.Sprintf("Interface validation failed: %v", err))
}

In the case that the struct does not contain valid contents,

Validate
returns an error, containing a list of errors encountered during validation of the struct contents. Whilst the error can be directly handled as a comma-separated list of strings containing validation errors, casting it to the
ytypes.Errors
type allows handling of individual errors more cleanly. For example:
_, err = subif.Ipv4.NewAddress("Not a valid address")
if err := invalidIf.Validate(); err == nil {
    panic(fmt.Sprintf("Did not find invalid address, got nil err: %v", err))
} else {
    errs := err.(ytypes.Errors)
    for _, err := range errs {
        fmt.Printf("Got expected error: %v\n", err) }
}

Outputting JSON from GoStructs

To serialise the structures to JSON, the

ygot
package provides an
EmitJSON
method which can be called with an arbitrary structure. In the example below, the fake root (
Device
) struct is called:
json, err := ygot.EmitJSON(d, &ygot.EmitJSONConfig{
    Format: ygot.RFC7951,
    Indent: "  ",
    RFC7951Config: &ygot.RFC7951JSONConfig{
        AppendModuleName: true,
    },
})

if err != nil { panic(fmt.Sprintf("JSON demo error: %v", err)) } fmt.Println(json)

EmitJSON
performs both
Validate
and outputs the structure to JSON. The format can be an internal JSON format, or that described by RFC7951. Validation or JSON marshalling errors are directly returned.

Unmarshalling JSON to a GoStruct

ygot includes a function to unmarshal data from RFC7951-encoded JSON to a GoStruct. Since this function relies on the schema of the generated code, it us output within the generated code package - and named

Unmarshal
. The function takes an argument of a
[]byte
(byte slice) containing the JSON document to be unmarshalled, and a pointer to the struct into which it should be unmarshalled. Any struct can be unmarshalled into. If data cannot be unmarshalled, an error is returned.

To unmarshal the example created in this guide, we call

Unmarshal
with the
oc.Device
struct pointer, and the JSON document:
// Device struct to unmarshal into.
loadd := &oc.Device{}
if err := oc.Unmarshal([]byte(json), loadd); err != nil {
  panic(fmt.Sprintf("Cannot unmarshal JSON: %v", err))
}

Currently, only the

RFC7951
format of JSON is supported for unmarshalling, the
Internal
format supported by ygot is not yet supported.

For Developers

  • Contributing - how to contribute to ygot.
  • Contributors - Folks who have contributed to ygot, thanks very much!
  • Design Choices - This document provides information pertaining to design choices made within the library itself; and should be reviewed in conjunction with the comments in the library code.

Licensing

Copyright 2017 Google Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0

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