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A slack messaging authentication andinterfacing system for the DTG

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Howler Monkey

A slack messaging authentication and interfacing system for the DTG

Intended to allow for automated messaging to our DTG slack group at a controlled endpoint.

Authentication is provided by only allowing connections over local unix domain sockets on a puppy VM. As such any user that can gain access to the host in order to connect must have sufficient monkeysphere auth and thus be a member of the DTG or at least equivalently privileged. Unauthenticated access by minor services can also be mediated by co-locating them on the same host.



  • Python process
  • Loads config from file:
    • Slack Address (includes token)
    • Unix socket address
  • Accepts JSON payloads over unix socket (via standard handler, poss UnixStreamServer)
  • Sends messages to slack via requests (steal code from dtg-lunch-notify)
  • Checks response codes?
  • Sends JSON back over socket detailing if there were any errors?
  • Runs as a daemon (with files for systemd?)


  • Python Library
  • Provides either a single call interface or object interface
    • Single call of style message(text, channel=None, username=None, icon_url=None, icon_emoji=None)
    • Or object which lets you store all the varargs params at init and then just call send(text)
    • Steal more code from dtg-lunch-notify

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