1. RLS (Resource List Server)

Vaclav Kubart


   1.1. Dependencies
   1.2. RLS and XCAP

        1.2.1. Used terms
        1.2.2. Processing subscriptions
        1.2.3. Global resource lists

     rls-services document URI

        1.2.4. User's resource lists
        1.2.5. Standard incompliances

   1.3. Parameters
   1.4. Functions

   Resource lists server is a server which allows subscriptions to lists
   of users. Its behaviour is defined in [rls] and [sip rls]. As described
   there, it uses XCAP server for storing data about lists of users. These
   data can be manipulated in any way by user's client software.

1.1. Dependencies

     * tm
     * pa
     * dialog
     * optionaly database module (mysql, ...)

     * libcds (internal)
     * libxcap (internal) - XCAP queries
     * libpresence (internal) - used for internal subscriptions ta

1.2. RLS and XCAP

1.2.1. Used terms

          Resource List Server - server processing subscriptions to
          special URIs (RL-URIs) which represent more resources than only
          one like "normal URIs".

          Resource list URI. URI which represents a list of resources
          instead of a single user.

1.2.2. Processing subscriptions

   Specification says that each time a SUBSCRIBE request to a RL-URI
   comes, RLS has to ask XCAP server for coresponding <service> in default
   rls-services document. The XCAP query in this case is for document like
   AOR>%22]. Returned <service> is processed according to specification
   then and the result of it is flat list of URIs to subscribe to.

   This processing has its weaknesses.
     * In case of such processing is one <service> element in rls-services
       needed for every user who wants to have his "buddies" stored on
       XCAP server. Such <service> will (for user's records) mostly point
       into his resource-lists document and thus another XCAP query for
       result list is needed.
     * Another problem is, that each user has to modify global
       rls-services document. This is security problem and there is no
       client software doing this itself. [Exists something?]

   These reasons lead to separation of resource lists into "global lists"
   and "users lists".

   Global lists are not stored/modified by regular users; they are managed
   by administrators and they are handled according the draft. Example of
   such lists may be "technical support", "human resources", ...

   Resource lists for users are stored only in their resource-lists
   documents and the <service> element in global rls-services document is
   ommited (it is "implicit"). In this case RLS reads directly user's
   resource-lists document instead of trying to find it in global
   rls-services document.

1.2.3. Global resource lists

   As said above, resources described in rls-services documents are global
   resources accessible by all users. No regular user should have acces
   rights to modify global rls-services document on XCAP server. rls-services document URI

   The construction of rls-services document URI is described in [rls].
   Only in short: the AOR from SIP SUBSCRIBE request is combined with XCAP
   root given in configuration like this:


   This URI doesn't not specify namespaces as mentioned in definition, but
   this is due to problems with XCAP server used for tests (problems
   querying parts of documents with namespaces).

   Example 1. rls-services uri example

   Let us assume
     * xcap-root = http://localhost/xcap-root
     * AOR of SUBSCRIBE request = sip:technical-support@someorg.org

   Resulting document describing the list will be get from URI:
   rvice[@uri=%22<technical-support@someorg.org>%22], which means the
   service element with uri parameter value technical-support@someorg.org
   stored in rls-services document named index.

   Example 2. rls-services document

   There is example rls-services document describing resources
   "technical-support@test-domain.com", "hr@test-domain.com" and
   "work@test-domain.com" which puts previous two into itself. This
   document should be stored on xcap server in file
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

        <service uri="sip:technical-support@test-domain.com">
                <list name="Our technical support">
                        <entry uri="sip:smith@test-domain.com">
                        <entry uri="sip:joe@test-domain.com">
                        <entry uri="sip:agatha@test-domain.com">

        <service uri="sip:hr@test-domain.com">
                <list name="Human resources">
                        <entry uri="sip:johny@test-domain.com">
                                <display-name>Johny V</display-name>
                        <entry uri="sip:joe@test-domain.com">

        <service uri="sip:work@test-domain.com">
                <list name="Employee resources">
                        <entry uri="sip:technical-support@test-domain.com">
                                <display-name>Technical support</display-name>
                        <entry uri="sip:hr@test-domain.com">
                                <display-name>Human resources</display-name>

</rls-services> Disadvantages

   Working with URIs presented in this section have one big disadvantage -
   it needs full XCAP server which is able to work with partial documents
   and able to process XPointer expressions in XCAP queries.

   Due to unavailability of free XCAP servers is there a possibility to
   use SER's RLS server in mode of reduced XCAP server needs (see RLS
   module parameters). If operating in this mode, RLS requests full
   rls-service document from uri <xcap-root>/rls-services/global/index,
   inspects it and finds requested resource list according to URI and AOR
   by itself. (Only if possible! There can't be links to partial documents
   in rls-services document.)

1.2.4. User's resource lists

   Opposite to global resource lists are resource lists of standalone
   users. As was told above, these lists are stored as resource-lists
   documents under user's directories. These resource-lists documents are
   accessed directly without searching for them in rls-services document -
   they behave like if they have implicit link there.

   Example 3. User's resource lists

   Let us assume
     * xcap root = http://localhost/xcap-root
     * user smith (sends SUBSCRIBE with smith@... in From URI)
     * Smith's UUID = smith

   The document below for user Smith can be stored on XCAP server in
   l. It contains two resource lists: "default" and "contacts".
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <list name="default">
    <display-name>Buddy List</display-name>
    <entry uri="sip:joe@test-domain.com">
    <entry uri="sip:jan@test-domain.com">

  <list name="contacts">
    <display-name>Contact List</display-name>
    <entry uri="sip:alois@test-domain.com">


1.2.5. Standard incompliances

   SER's resource lists support is not finished yet, there are some
   standard incompliances now:
     * uri canonicalization not done yet according to definition
     * full status documents only

1.3. Parameters

   min_expiration (integer)
          Minimal subscription expiration timeout in seconds.

          If client supplies value, which is less than value of
          min_expiration, the server returns response "423 Interval too
          small" as described in [events].

          Default value is 60.

   max_expiration (integer)
          Maximal subscription expiration timeout in seconds.

          If client supplies value, which is more than value of
          max_expiration, the server shortens this value to value of this
          variable as described in [events].

          Default value is 7200.

   default_expiration (integer)
          Default subscription expiration timeout in seconds.

          If client doesn't supply subscription expiration timeout this
          value is used.

          Default value is 3761.

   auth (string)
          This variable specifies authorization type for list watchers.
          Value can be one of:

                All watchers are always authorized. This is not
                recommended because it ignores user's wish.

                In this case is implicit authorization done. This means,
                that for list URIs in the form "<username>-list@domain" is
                subscription allowed only for user with username
                <username>, rejected for others.

                If the URI is not in the form presented above, the
                subscription is marked as pending.

          Default value is empty. In this case "implict" authorization is
          used with an error message.

   reduce_xcap_needs (int)
          If set to 1 the module tries to do simplify XCAP queries -
          queries will be done for whole documents, not partial, thus the
          XCAP server may be simulated using standard web server. It has
          influence only on querying resource lists and it will work
          correctly only if there are no links to resource lists containg
          partial documents URIs (lists should be contained directly in
          main rls-services document).

          Default value is 0.

   db_mode (integer)
          If set to 1, RLS module stores all subscription data into
          database and reloads them on startup. Requires db_url to be set.

          Default value is 0.

   db_url (integer)
          Database connection URL. It has to be specified if db_mode is

          Default value is empty.

          Example 4. db_url settings

modparam("rls", "db_mode", 1)
modparam("rls", "db_url", "mysql://ser:heslo@")

          Max. number of notifications sent within one timer tick
          (experimental). It might be used to reduce SER's machine load if
          there are lots of changes in presence status.

          Default value is 1000000. (Too high number which in praxis means

          Interval in seconds when are processed internal notifications
          and sent NOTIFYs to subscribers.

          Maximum number of nested lists. For example if set to 2, it it
          possible to use "list nested in list nested in root list".

          Default value is -1 what means "unlimited".

          It is possible to use this for speedup - if you know, that you
          will need only "flat" lists (no nested lists), you can set this
          to 0. In this case RLS doesn't try to query XCAP server for
          "possibly netsted list URIs" and directly creates subscription
          to URIs in list like if they are URIs of standalone users.

          Interval in seconds of timer which removes expired

          If set to 1 and 408 response to NOTIFY arrives, the dialog is
          NOT destroyed like in the case of other non-2xx responses. Use
          for testing only. Default value is 0.

          Delay in seconds of timer which triggers loading data from
          database after startup. This is needed due to dependencies on
          other modules (pa/presence_b2b) - we need that these modules
          will be successfully initialised before reading data from DB and
          querying these modules.

          Default value is 3.

1.4. Functions

          Handle subscription to resource list uri.


        create_error_response (integer)
                If set to 0 error responses are not sent to the client.
                This may be useful, if used together with PA module.

          This function handles resource list subscription. XCAP document
          containing the list must be loaded before using one of query
          function (query_rls_services, query_resource_list).

          Example 5. handling subscription

if (method=="SUBSCRIBE") {
        if (!t_newtran()) {

        if (query_rls_services()) {
        else {
                # no such list exists -> process it with PA module

          In this case for every incomming SUBSCRIBE request SER asks for
          "global resource list". If such list exists, the subscription is
          processed like resource list subscription.

          Test uri according to given template.


        template (string)
                Template to be compared with To URI.

          Function tries to compare username in To URI with given
          template. If there are different domains in To and From URIs,
          the function fails. There can be used "$uid" in template and it
          is replaced by value returned by get_from_uid.

          In the future should be this function replaced by AVP operations
          but I was not able to do it with them now...

          Example 6. handling subscription

if (method=="SUBSCRIBE") {
        if (!t_newtran()) {

        if (lookup_domain("From")) {
                if (lookup_user("From")) {
                        if (is_simple_rls_target("$uid-list")) {
                                # takes From UID and makes XCAP query
                                # for user's list named "default"
                                if (!query_resource_list("default")) {
                                        t_reply("500", "XCAP query error");

          In this case if SUBSCRIBE request arrives and From is
          smith@test-domain.com and To is smith-list@test-domain.com, the
          function returns true and the subscription is handled like
          subscription to "user's resource list" (not "global") as written

          Get list from global rls-services document.

          Function loads "global resource list" from XCAP server. This
          list is then processed by RLS module using

          Get user's resource list.


        list_name (string)
                Name of the requested list. If empty, it loads whole
                user's resource-lists document as one list.

          Function loads "user's resource list" from XCAP server. This
          list is then processed by RLS module using

          Test if a resource list is loaded.

          Function tests if a list was loaded using one of query functions
          (query_resource_list or query_rls_services) and returns 1 if yes
          and -1 otherwise.



   There might be new versions of internet drafts and thus links to them
   my be obsolete. In such case try increment version in link or find the
   draft on IETF by name.


   [xcap] draft-ietf-simple-xcap-12.txt - XCAP specification.

   [xcap_diff] draft-ietf-simple-xcap-diff-01.txt - XCAP changes
   notifications format.

   [xcap_profiles] draft-ietf-sipping-config-framework-07.txt -XCAP user


   [events] RFC 3265 - SIP Events.

   [presence] RFC 3856 - Presence Event package.

   [pidf] RFC 3863 - Presence Information Data Format.

   [rpid] RFC 4480 - Rich Presence Extensions to the Presence Information
   Data Format.

   [publish] RFC 3903 - Event state publication.

   [winfo] RFC 3857 - Watcher info event package.

   [winfo_doc] RFC 3858 - Data Format for watcher info.

   [reg] RFC 3680 - SIP Reg Events.


   [common auth] draft-ietf-geopriv-common-policy-05.txt.

   [presence auth] draft-ietf-simple-presence-rules-03.txt - presence
   authorization XML based data format and usage with XCAP.

Resource lists

   [rls] draft-ietf-simple-xcap-list-usage-05.txt - XML formats for
   representing resource lists.

   [sip rls] draft-ietf-simple-event-list-07.txt - Event Notification
   Extension for Resource Lists.