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Mara app composing and configuration infrastructure.

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App composing and configuration infrastructure of the mara ecosystem. The packages functionality contains:

  • a way to compose an mara app
  • a simply config system based on replaceable functions

Build an app

The goal of mara ecosystem is that if you update a package, new functionality is added automatically to your app or database migration automatically include newly declared models. To make the app still composable, you build a function compose_app() in module This function should then call mara_config.register_functionality(module) for all modules it wants to include.

Your own app should both contribute functionality (see next section) and register itself via mara_config.register_functionality(your_module).

The default module can be overwritten by setting the env variable: MARA_APP=module.submodule.

Contribute functionality in a package

A package has to expose their functionality via MARA_* iterables (either lists or functions returning a list or generators). The iterable contains the to be added functionality. It is advised to use functions returning a list or generators so functionality will be lazily loaded when the functionality is actually used. This is especially important if you use optional dependencies (e.g. a flask view which exposes the config system, but the config system itself is usable without the flask views).

If a package contains sub-functionality which can be consumed independently from each other, consider putting them into subpackages and let the main module return a union of all sub-functionality.

Consume contributed functionality

Contributed functionally can be consumed by calling mara_config.get_contributed_functionality('MARA_VARIABLE_NAME') which yields the functionality in tuples (module, content). module is the module used in the mara_config.register_functionality(module) call.

The consumer should then add the functionality in the right places, e.g. the mara shell command (in the mara-cli package) adds all contributed click commands as subcommands.

Mara config

Configuration system based on replaceable functions.

One side declares a replaceable function as config by decorating that functions with @declare_config(). To change this config, decorate a replacement function with @set_config('name').

The default name of a config is orig_package.func but can be overwritten in the @declare_config('name') decorator.


# in package which declares API
from mara_config import declare_config
def something(argument:str=None) -> str:
    return "x"


# In downstream package which want's to overwrite the API
from mara_config import set_config
def replacement_for_something(argument:str=None) -> str:
    return argument or 'y'


Configs from

Per default a in the module defined in the environment variable MARA_APP and all modules higher up (first one found wins) is imported. Use this to place all you local modifications to configs and exclude this file from the repo (.gitignore).

Configs from Environment

To aid dockerization, replacement functions are also generated from environment variables. Environment config is loaded last and wins over!

This only works for config items which return either numbers (floats), booleans, or strings.

Any environment variable (case insensitive) which starts with 'MARA_' is turned into functions which returns the value. The rest of the environment variable name has any __ replaced by '.'. If the value is a valid float, it's returned as a float. If it's a valid bool, it's returned as a boolean. Otherwise it's returned as a string.

E.g. the following variable


is equivalent to the following @set_config call

from mara_config import set_config

def replacement():
     return 'y'

Contributed MARA_* functionality in this package

  • a Flask view to show the current configuration (MARA_FLASK_BLUEPRINTS)
  • an ACL ressource to protect access to the config view (MARA_ACL_RESOURCES)
  • a navigation entry (MARA_NAVIGATION_ENTRY_FNS)
  • Some default configuration entries (MARA_CONFIG_MODULES)

To use, add this funcitonality, add mara_config.register_functionality(mara_config) to your compose_mara_app() function.

Consumed MARA_* functionality

The packge will load all modules which are declared in MARA_CONFIG_MODULES if asked to show the current configuration.

MARA_CONFIG_MODULES must be a list/generator/function which returns a list which contains all modules which declare user facing configuration (@declare_config()). When displaying the config (e.g. via mara print_config or the included flask view), all modules will be loaded and all included @declare_config() decorated functions therefore added to the config system.

Only user facing configs should be in such modules, interal API can be elsewhere (but won't be shown if not set).

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