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The library(pengines) provides an infrastructure for creating Prolog engines in a (remote) pengine server and accessing these engines either from Prolog or JavaScript.

author
- Torbjörn Lager and Jan Wielemaker
Source pengine_create(:Options) is det
Creates a new pengine. Valid options are:
id(-ID)
ID gets instantiated to the id of the created pengine. ID is atomic.
alias(+Name)
The pengine is named Name (an atom). A slave pengine (child) can subsequently be referred to by this name.
application(+Application)
Application in which the pengine runs. See pengine_application/1.
server(+URL)
The pengine will run in (and in the Prolog context of) the pengine server located at URL.
src_list(+List_of_clauses)
Inject a list of Prolog clauses into the pengine.
src_text(+Atom_or_string)
Inject the clauses specified by a source text into the pengine.
src_url(+URL)
Inject the clauses specified in the file located at URL into the pengine.
src_predicates(+List)
Send the local predicates denoted by List to the remote pengine. List is a list of predicate indicators.

Remaining options are passed to http_open/3 (meaningful only for non-local pengines) and thread_create/3. Note that for thread_create/3 only options changing the stack-sizes can be used. In particular, do not pass the detached or alias options..

Successful creation of a pengine will return an event term of the following form:

create(ID, Term)
ID is the id of the pengine that was created. Term is not used at the moment.

An error will be returned if the pengine could not be created:

error(ID, Term)
ID is invalid, since no pengine was created. Term is the exception's error term.
Source pengine_ask(+NameOrID, @Query, +Options) is det
Asks pengine NameOrID a query Query.

Options is a list of options:

template(+Template)
Template is a variable (or a term containing variables) shared with the query. By default, the template is identical to the query.
chunk(+Integer)
Retrieve solutions in chunks of Integer rather than one by one. 1 means no chunking (default). Other integers indicate the maximum number of solutions to retrieve in one chunk.
bindings(+Bindings)
Sets the global variable '$variable_names' to a list of Name = Var terms, providing access to the actual variable names.

Any remaining options are passed to pengine_send/3.

Note that the predicate pengine_ask/3 is deterministic, even for queries that have more than one solution. Also, the variables in Query will not be bound. Instead, results will be returned in the form of event terms.

success(ID, Terms, Projection, Time, More)
ID is the id of the pengine that succeeded in solving the query. Terms is a list holding instantiations of Template. Projection is a list of variable names that should be displayed. Time is the CPU time used to produce the results and finally, More is either true or false, indicating whether we can expect the pengine to be able to return more solutions or not, would we call pengine_next/2.
failure(ID)
ID is the id of the pengine that failed for lack of a solutions.
error(ID, Term)
ID is the id of the pengine throwing the exception. Term is the exception's error term.
output(ID, Term)
ID is the id of a pengine running the query that called pengine_output/1. Term is the term that was passed in the first argument of pengine_output/1 when it was called.
prompt(ID, Term)
ID is the id of the pengine that called pengine_input/2 and Term is the prompt.

Defined in terms of pengine_send/3, like so:

pengine_ask(ID, Query, Options) :-
    partition(pengine_ask_option, Options, AskOptions, SendOptions),
    pengine_send(ID, ask(Query, AskOptions), SendOptions).
Source pengine_next(+NameOrID, +Options) is det
Asks pengine NameOrID for the next solution to a query started by pengine_ask/3. Defined options are:
chunk(+Count)
Modify the chunk-size to Count before asking the next set of solutions.

Remaining options are passed to pengine_send/3. The result of re-executing the current goal is returned to the caller's message queue in the form of event terms.

success(ID, Terms, Projection, Time, More)
See pengine_ask/3.
failure(ID)
ID is the id of the pengine that failed for lack of more solutions.
error(ID, Term)
ID is the id of the pengine throwing the exception. Term is the exception's error term.
output(ID, Term)
ID is the id of a pengine running the query that called pengine_output/1. Term is the term that was passed in the first argument of pengine_output/1 when it was called.
prompt(ID, Term)
ID is the id of the pengine that called pengine_input/2 and Term is the prompt.

Defined in terms of pengine_send/3, as follows:

pengine_next(ID, Options) :-
    pengine_send(ID, next, Options).
Source pengine_stop(+NameOrID, +Options) is det
Tells pengine NameOrID to stop looking for more solutions to a query started by pengine_ask/3. Options are passed to pengine_send/3.

Defined in terms of pengine_send/3, like so:

pengine_stop(ID, Options) :-
    pengine_send(ID, stop, Options).
Source pengine_abort(+NameOrID) is det
Aborts the running query. The pengine goes back to state `2', waiting for new queries.
See also
- pengine_destroy/1.
Source pengine_destroy(+NameOrID) is det
Source pengine_destroy(+NameOrID, +Options) is det
Destroys the pengine NameOrID. With the option force(true), the pengine is killed using abort/0 and pengine_destroy/2 succeeds.
Source pengine_self(-Id) is det
True if the current thread is a pengine with Id.
Source pengine_application(+Application) is det
Directive that must be used to declare a pengine application module. The module must not be associated to any file. The default application is pengine_sandbox. The example below creates a new application address_book and imports the API defined in the module file adress_book_api.pl into the application.
:- pengine_application(address_book).
:- use_module(address_book:adress_book_api).
Source current_pengine_application(?Application) is nondet
True when Application is a currently defined application.
See also
- pengine_application/1
Source pengine_property(?Pengine, ?Property) is nondet
True when Property is a property of the given Pengine. Enumerates all pengines that are known to the calling Prolog process. Defined properties are:
self(ID)
Identifier of the pengine. This is the same as the first argument, and can be used to enumerate all known pengines.
alias(Name)
Name is the alias name of the pengine, as provided through the alias option when creating the pengine.
thread(Thread)
If the pengine is a local pengine, Thread is the Prolog thread identifier of the pengine.
remote(Server)
If the pengine is remote, the URL of the server.
application(Application)
Pengine runs the given application
module(Module)
Temporary module used for running the Pengine.
destroy(Destroy)
Destroy is true if the pengines is destroyed automatically after completing the query.
parent(Queue)
Message queue to which the (local) pengine reports.
source(?SourceID, ?Source)
Source is the source code with the given SourceID. May be present if the setting debug_info is present.
detached(?Time)
Pengine was detached at Time.
Source pengine_output(+Term) is det
Sends Term to the parent pengine or thread.
Source pengine_debug(+Format, +Args) is det
Create a message using format/3 from Format and Args and send this to the client. The default JavaScript client will call console.log(Message) if there is a console. The predicate pengine_rpc/3 calls debug(pengine(debug), '~w', [Message]). The debug topic pengine(debug) is enabled by default.
See also
- debug/1 and nodebug/1 for controlling the pengine(debug) topic
- format/2 for format specifications
Source thread_pool:create_pool(+Application) is det[multifile]
On demand creation of a thread pool for a pengine application.
Source prepare_module(+Module, +Application, +Options) is semidet[multifile]
Hook, called to initialize the temporary private module that provides the working context of a pengine. This hook is executed by the pengine's thread. Preparing the source consists of three steps:
  1. Add Application as (first) default import module for Module
  2. Call this hook
  3. Compile the source provided by the the src_text and src_url options
Arguments:
Module- is a new temporary module (see in_temporary_module/3) that may be (further) prepared by this hook.
Application- (also a module) associated to the pengine.
Options- is passed from the environment and should (currently) be ignored.
Source prepare_goal(+Goal0, -Goal1, +Options) is semidet[multifile]
Pre-preparation hook for running Goal0. The hook runs in the context of the pengine. Goal is the raw goal given to ask. The returned Goal1 is subject to goal expansion (expand_goal/2) and sandbox validation (safe_goal/1) prior to execution. If this goal fails, Goal0 is used for further processing.
Arguments:
Options- provides the options as given to ask
Source not_sandboxed(+User, +Application) is semidet[multifile]
This hook is called to see whether the Pengine must be executed in a protected environment. It is only called after authentication_hook/3 has confirmed the authentity of the current user. If this hook succeeds, both loading the code and executing the query is executed without enforcing sandbox security. Typically, one should:
  1. Provide a safe user authentication hook.
  2. Enable HTTPS in the server or put it behind an HTTPS proxy and ensure that the network between the proxy and the pengine server can be trusted.
Source pengine_pull_response(+Pengine, +Options) is det
Pulls a response (an event term) from the slave Pengine if Pengine is a remote process, else does nothing at all.
Source pengine_input(+Prompt, -Term) is det
Sends Prompt to the master (parent) pengine and waits for input. Note that Prompt may be any term, compound as well as atomic.
Source pengine_respond(+Pengine, +Input, +Options) is det
Sends a response in the form of the term Input to a slave (child) pengine that has prompted its master (parent) for input.

Defined in terms of pengine_send/3, as follows:

pengine_respond(Pengine, Input, Options) :-
    pengine_send(Pengine, input(Input), Options).
Source pengine_event_loop(:Closure, +Options) is det
Starts an event loop accepting event terms sent to the current pengine or thread. For each such event E, calls ignore(call(Closure, E)). A closure thus acts as a handler for the event. Some events are also treated specially:
create(ID, Term)
The ID is placed in a list of active pengines.
destroy(ID)
The ID is removed from the list of active pengines. When the last pengine ID is removed, the loop terminates.
output(ID, Term)
The predicate pengine_pull_response/2 is called.

Valid options are:

autoforward(+To)
Forwards received event terms to slaves. To is either all, all_but_sender or a Prolog list of NameOrIDs. [not yet implemented]
Source pengine_rpc(+URL, +Query) is nondet
Source pengine_rpc(+URL, +Query, +Options) is nondet
Semantically equivalent to the sequence below, except that the query is executed in (and in the Prolog context of) the pengine server referred to by URL, rather than locally.
  copy_term_nat(Query, Copy),  % attributes are not copied to the server
  call(Copy),			 % executed on server at URL
  Query = Copy.

Valid options are:

chunk(+Integer)
Can be used to reduce the number of network roundtrips being made. See pengine_ask/3.
timeout(+Time)
Wait at most Time seconds for the next event from the server. The default is defined by the setting pengines:time_limit.

Remaining options (except the server option) are passed to pengine_create/1.

Source prompt(+ID, +Prompt, -Term) is semidet[multifile]
Hook to handle pengine_input/2 from the remote pengine. If the hooks fails, pengine_rpc/3 calls read/1 using the current prompt.
Source output(+ID, +Term) is semidet[multifile]
Hook to handle pengine_output/1 from the remote pengine. If the hook fails, it calls print/1 on Term.
Source write_result(+Lang, +Event, +Dict) is semidet[multifile]
Hook that allows for different output formats. The core Pengines library supports prolog and various JSON dialects. The hook event_to_json/3 can be used to refine the JSON dialects. This hook must be used if a completely different output format is desired.
Source event_to_json(+Event, -JSONTerm, +Lang) is semidet[multifile]
Hook that translates a Pengine event structure into a term suitable for reply_json/1, according to the language specification Lang. This can be used to massage general Prolog terms, notably associated with success(ID, Bindings, Projection, Time, More) and output(ID, Term) into a format suitable for processing at the client side.
Source authentication_hook(+Request, +Application, -User) is semidet[multifile]
This hook is called from the =/pengine/create= HTTP handler to discover whether the server is accessed by an authorized user. It can react in three ways:
  • Succeed, binding User to a ground term. The authentity of the user is available through pengine_user/1.
  • Fail. The =/create= succeeds, but the pengine is not associated with a user.
  • Throw an exception to prevent creation of the pengine. Two meaningful exceptions are:
    • throw(http_reply(authorise(basic(Realm)))) Start a normal HTTP login challenge (reply 401)
    • throw(http_reply(forbidden(Path)))) Reject the request using a 403 repply.
See also
- http_authenticate/3 can be used to implement this hook using default HTTP authentication data.
Source pengine_user(-User) is semidet
True when the pengine was create by an HTTP request that authorized User.
See also
- authentication_hook/3 can be used to extract authorization from the HTTP header.
Source pengine_event(?EventTerm) is det
Source pengine_event(?EventTerm, +Options) is det
Examines the pengine's event queue and if necessary blocks execution until a term that unifies to Term arrives in the queue. After a term from the queue has been unified to Term, the term is deleted from the queue.

Valid options are:

timeout(+Time)
Time is a float or integer and specifies the maximum time to wait in seconds. If no event has arrived before the time is up EventTerm is bound to the atom timeout.
listen(+Id)
Only listen to events from the pengine identified by Id.

Undocumented predicates

The following predicates are exported, but not or incorrectly documented.

Source pengine_rpc(Arg1, Arg2, Arg3)
Source pengine_destroy(Arg1, Arg2)