Using XML-RPC with Python3 is really simple. Calling system.version on http://localhost/RCP2 is as simple as:

import xmlrpc.client

proxy = xmlrpc.client.ServerProxy("http://localhost/RPC2")

However, the default client is missing many features, like handling proxies. Using requests for the underlying connection allows for greater control of the http request.

The xmlrpc client allows to change the underlying transport class by a custom class. In order to use requests, we create a simple Transport class:

import requests
import xmlrpc.client

class RequestsTransport(xmlrpc.client.Transport):

    def request(self, host, handler, data, verbose=False):
        # set the headers, including the user-agent
        headers = {"User-Agent": "my-user-agent",
                   "Content-Type": "text/xml",
                   "Accept-Encoding": "gzip"}
        url = "https://%s%s" % (host, handler)
            response = None
            response =, data=data, headers=headers)
            return self.parse_response(response)
        except requests.RequestException as e:
            if response is None:
                raise xmlrpc.client.ProtocolError(url, 500, str(e), "")
                raise xmlrpc.client.ProtocolError(url, response.status_code,
                                                  str(e), response.headers)

    def parse_response(self, resp):
        Parse the xmlrpc response.
        p, u = self.getparser()
        return u.close()

To use this Transport class, we should use:

proxy = xmlrpc.client.ServerProxy(uri, transport=RequestsTransport())

We can now use requests to:

  • use proxies
  • skip ssl verification (on a development server) or adding the right certificate chain
  • set the headers
  • set the timeouts
  • ...

See the documentation or an example for more information.

A common mistake with jinja2

ven. 05 mai 2017 by Rémi Duraffort

Jinja2 is a powerful templating engine for Python.

Inside LAVA, we use Jinja2 to generate configuration files for every boards that we support.

The configuration is generated from a template that does inherit from a base template.

For instance, for a beaglebone-black called bbb-01, the template inheritance tree is the …

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LAVA events

lun. 23 janvier 2017 by Rémi Duraffort

For some releases now, LAVA server is publishing events every time:

  • a Job status change (Submitted, Running, ...)
  • a Device status change (Idle, Reserved, ...)

The stream of events is public and anyone can subscribe and receive updates.

A dump of the streams for the production and the staging instances is available …

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Testing LAVA with DummySys

jeu. 19 janvier 2017 by Rémi Duraffort

For more than 3 years now, I have been working on LAVA. Looking at the documentation:

LAVA is an automated validation architecture primarily aimed at testing deployments of systems based around the Linux kernel on ARM devices, specifically ARMv7 and later.

In order to test LAVA, you need:

  • a wide …
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A faster YAML loader

sam. 20 août 2016 by Rémi Duraffort

That's the second issue I had when playing with the LAVA log viewer.

In the new versions of LAVA, the logs are formatted in YAML:

- {"dt": "2016-08-18T14:24:01.096308", "lvl": "info", "msg": "start: 1 tftp-deploy (max 300s)"}
- {"dt": "2016-08-18T14:24:01.099413", "lvl": "debug", "msg": "start: 1.1 download_retry …
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Playing with CSS rules

ven. 12 août 2016 by Rémi Duraffort

While working on improving the log viewer in LAVA I ran into an issue.

The issue is really simple: how to add display: block or display: none to a list of nodes while another JS script is adding more of theses nodes to the page.

The classical approach is to …

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Logging for ser2net

mer. 22 juin 2016 by Rémi Duraffort

Today, I was debugging an strange issue in LAVA while trying to boot a board.

I was under the impression that the board was not receiving all the u-boot commands that LAVA was sending.

The serial connection is accessible on the network by ser2net.

I discovered that ser2net can log …

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Static analysis for Python

ven. 13 mai 2016 by Rémi Duraffort

I've always been a big fan of static analysis. While I was working with C and C++, I was scanning my code with:

For a longer list of static analyzers for each language, look at wikipedia

As I'm now mostly programming in …

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type() vs isinstance()

mar. 03 mai 2016 by Rémi Duraffort

When running pylint on your Python source code, you might encounter this message:

Using type() instead of isinstance() for a typecheck. (unidiomatic-typecheck)

This message will be raised for this kind of code:

d = dict()
if type(d) == dict:
    print("d is a dict")

The code is valid but pylint does …

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Migrating from Python2 to Python3

mar. 19 avril 2016 by Rémi Duraffort

Porting code from Python 2 to Python 3 is made easier by using 2to3. This application will find patterns that should be changed to keep the same behavior in Python 2 and 3.

However, 2to3 is sometime too conservative, trying to keep the exact same semantic.

For instance, dictionaries functions …

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