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The content library finder

The govmomi package now includes a finder for the content library, github.com/vmware/govmomi/vapi/library.Finder. This finder supports searching for objects in the content library using an inventory path design similar to the standard govmomi finder and includes support for wildcard matching courtesy of golang's path.Match. For example:

Pattern Result
* Gets all of the content libraries
*/ Gets all of the content library items for all of the content libraries.
/Public/ Gets all of the content library items for the content library named Public
/*/*/ Gets all of the content library files for all of the content library items for all of the content libraries.
Public/*/photon2* Gets all of the files that begin with photon2 in all of the content library items for the content library named Public

The use of a wildcard character in the search string results in a full listing of content library objects for that part of the path's server-side analogue. If Public/Photon2* is searched, then all of the content library items for the Public library are listed in order to perform the wildcard matching. However, if Public/PhotonOS-2-GA then the server-side API call library:item:find is used to find an item with the name PhotonOS-2-GA.

Performance

Search strings that do not use wildcard characters should be more efficient as these searches rely on server-side find calls and do not require dumping all of the objects. However, this is only true for systems with a large number of objects in the content libraries. This is due to the number of round-trips required to lookup an object with a direct path. For example:

Search path Roundtrips
Public/Photon2 4
Public*/Photon2* 2

The absolute search path takes twice as many roundtrips compared to the search path with wildcards:

Absolute path search logic
  1. Find library ID for library with name using server-side find API
  2. Get library with library ID
  3. Find item ID for item with name using server-side find API
  4. Get item with item ID
Wildcard search logic
  1. Get all of the libraries and filter the pattern on the client-side
  2. Get all of the items for the library and filter the pattern on the client-=side
Searches at scale

While a system that has few content library objects benefits from wildcard search logic, the fact is that the above approach regarding absolute paths proves out to be much more efficient for systems with large numbers of content library objects.

govc library.ls

Listing all the objects in the content library
$ govc library.ls '*/*/'
/ISOs/CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1804/CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1804.iso
/ISOs/CoreOS Production/coreos_production_iso_image.iso
/ISOs/VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso/VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso
/ISOs/VMware-VIM-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso/VMware-VIM-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso
/ISOs/ubuntu-16.04.5-server-amd64/ubuntu-16.04.5-server-amd64.iso
/ISOs/photon-2.0-304b817/photon-2.0-304b817.iso
/OVAs/VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.7.0.10000-8217866_OVF10.ova/VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.7.0.10000-8217866_OVF10.ova
/OVAs/coreos_production_vmware_ova/coreos_production_vmware_ova.ovf
/OVAs/coreos_production_vmware_ova/coreos_production_vmware_ova-1.vmdk
/OVAs/centos_cloud_template/centos_cloud_template-2.iso
/OVAs/centos_cloud_template/centos_cloud_template.ovf
/OVAs/centos_cloud_template/centos_cloud_template-1.vmdk
/OVAs/centos_cloud_template/centos_cloud_template-3.nvram
/OVAs/photon-custom-hw13-2.0-304b817/photon-ova-disk1.vmdk
/OVAs/photon-custom-hw13-2.0-304b817/photon-ova.ovf
/OVAs/yakity-centos/yakity-centos-2.nvram
/OVAs/yakity-centos/yakity-centos-1.vmdk
/OVAs/yakity-centos/yakity-centos.ovf
/OVAs/yakity-photon/yakity-photon-1.vmdk
/OVAs/yakity-photon/yakity-photon.ovf
/OVAs/yakity-photon/yakity-photon-2.nvram
/OVAs/ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64/ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64.ovf
/OVAs/ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64/ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64-1.vmdk
/sk8-TestUploadOVA/photon2-cloud-init/photon2-cloud-init.ovf
/sk8-TestUploadOVA/photon2-cloud-init/photon2-cloud-init-1.vmdk
/Public/photon2-cloud-init/photon2-cloud-init.ovf
/Public/photon2-cloud-init/photon2-cloud-init-1.vmdk

govc library.info

Getting the info for all the objects in the content library
$ govc library.info '*/*/'
Name:       CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1804.iso
  Path:     /ISOs/CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1804/CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1804.iso
  Size:     824637106200
  Version:  1
Name:       coreos_production_iso_image.iso
  Path:     /ISOs/CoreOS Production/coreos_production_iso_image.iso
  Size:     824637441624
  Version:  1
Name:       VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso
  Path:     /ISOs/VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso/VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso
  Size:     824637106368
  Version:  1
Name:       VMware-VIM-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso
  Path:     /ISOs/VMware-VIM-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso/VMware-VIM-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso
  Size:     824637106504
  Version:  1
Name:       ubuntu-16.04.5-server-amd64.iso
  Path:     /ISOs/ubuntu-16.04.5-server-amd64/ubuntu-16.04.5-server-amd64.iso
  Size:     824637441944
  Version:  1
Name:       photon-2.0-304b817.iso
  Path:     /ISOs/photon-2.0-304b817/photon-2.0-304b817.iso
  Size:     824637106672
  Version:  1
Name:       VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.7.0.10000-8217866_OVF10.ova
  Path:     /OVAs/VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.7.0.10000-8217866_OVF10.ova/VMware-vCenter-Server-Appliance-6.7.0.10000-8217866_OVF10.ova
  Size:     824637106880
  Version:  1
Name:       coreos_production_vmware_ova.ovf
  Path:     /OVAs/coreos_production_vmware_ova/coreos_production_vmware_ova.ovf
  Size:     824637107032
  Version:  1
Name:       coreos_production_vmware_ova-1.vmdk
  Path:     /OVAs/coreos_production_vmware_ova/coreos_production_vmware_ova-1.vmdk
  Size:     824637107072
  Version:  1
Name:       centos_cloud_template-2.iso
  Path:     /OVAs/centos_cloud_template/centos_cloud_template-2.iso
  Size:     824636997760
  Version:  1
Name:       centos_cloud_template.ovf
  Path:     /OVAs/centos_cloud_template/centos_cloud_template.ovf
  Size:     824636997792
  Version:  1
Name:       centos_cloud_template-1.vmdk
  Path:     /OVAs/centos_cloud_template/centos_cloud_template-1.vmdk
  Size:     824636997832
  Version:  1
Name:       centos_cloud_template-3.nvram
  Path:     /OVAs/centos_cloud_template/centos_cloud_template-3.nvram
  Size:     824636997856
  Version:  1
Name:       photon-ova-disk1.vmdk
  Path:     /OVAs/photon-custom-hw13-2.0-304b817/photon-ova-disk1.vmdk
  Size:     824637107280
  Version:  1
Name:       photon-ova.ovf
  Path:     /OVAs/photon-custom-hw13-2.0-304b817/photon-ova.ovf
  Size:     824637107328
  Version:  1
Name:       yakity-centos-2.nvram
  Path:     /OVAs/yakity-centos/yakity-centos-2.nvram
  Size:     824637253000
  Version:  2
Name:       yakity-centos-1.vmdk
  Path:     /OVAs/yakity-centos/yakity-centos-1.vmdk
  Size:     824637253024
  Version:  2
Name:       yakity-centos.ovf
  Path:     /OVAs/yakity-centos/yakity-centos.ovf
  Size:     824637253056
  Version:  2
Name:       yakity-photon-1.vmdk
  Path:     /OVAs/yakity-photon/yakity-photon-1.vmdk
  Size:     824637107504
  Version:  5
Name:       yakity-photon.ovf
  Path:     /OVAs/yakity-photon/yakity-photon.ovf
  Size:     824637107536
  Version:  5
Name:       yakity-photon-2.nvram
  Path:     /OVAs/yakity-photon/yakity-photon-2.nvram
  Size:     824637107560
  Version:  5
Name:       ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64.ovf
  Path:     /OVAs/ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64/ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64.ovf
  Size:     824637442112
  Version:  1
Name:       ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64-1.vmdk
  Path:     /OVAs/ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64/ubuntu-16.04-server-cloudimg-amd64-1.vmdk
  Size:     824637442136
  Version:  1
Name:       photon2-cloud-init.ovf
  Path:     /sk8-TestUploadOVA/photon2-cloud-init/photon2-cloud-init.ovf
  Size:     824636903184
  Version:  1
Name:       photon2-cloud-init-1.vmdk
  Path:     /sk8-TestUploadOVA/photon2-cloud-init/photon2-cloud-init-1.vmdk
  Size:     824636903208
  Version:  1
Name:       photon2-cloud-init.ovf
  Path:     /Public/photon2-cloud-init/photon2-cloud-init.ovf
  Size:     824637442304
  Version:  3
Name:       photon2-cloud-init-1.vmdk
  Path:     /Public/photon2-cloud-init/photon2-cloud-init-1.vmdk
  Size:     824637442328
  Version:  3
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type FindResult

type FindResult interface {

	// GetParent returns the parent of the find result. If the find result
	// is a Library then this function will return nil.
	GetParent() FindResult

	// GetPath returns the inventory path of the find result.
	GetPath() string

	// GetID returns the ID of the find result.
	GetID() string

	// GetName returns the name of the find result.
	GetName() string

	// GetResult gets the underlying library object.
	GetResult() interface{}
}

    FindResult is the type of object returned from a Find operation.

    type Finder

    type Finder struct {
    	M *library.Manager
    }

      Finder is a helper object for finding content library objects by their inventory paths: /LIBRARY/ITEM/FILE.

      Wildcard characters `*` and `?` are both supported. However, the use of a wildcard character in the search string results in a full listing of that part of the path's server-side items.

      Path parts that do not use wildcard characters rely on server-side Find functions to find the path token by its name. Ironically finding one item with a direct path takes longer than if a wildcard is used because of the multiple round-trips. Direct paths will be more performant on systems that have numerous items.

      func NewFinder

      func NewFinder(m *library.Manager) *Finder

        NewFinder returns a new Finder.

        func (*Finder) Find

        func (f *Finder) Find(
        	ctx context.Context, ipath ...string) ([]FindResult, error)

          Find finds one or more items that match the provided inventory path(s).

          Source Files