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Config Manager

The config manager is the actor in charge of managing the configuration required by the system. Its main responsibilities are the following:

  • Load configuration from a file (if specified when creating the actor) and merge it with the default configuration
  • Store configuration parameters on its state
  • Provide a deep-copy of the configuration to other actors


The state of the Config Manager is defined as library code 'Config', which contains the actual definition of the Config struct, along with the different loaders (witnet_config::loaders).

#[derive(Debug, Default)]
pub struct ConfigManager {
    /// Loaded configuration
    config: Config,
    /// Configuration file from which to read the configuration when
    /// the actor starts, if `None` the default configuration is used
    filename: Option<String>,

Actor creation and registration

The creation of the config manager actor and its registration into the system registry are performed directly by the main process as follows:

const CONFIG_DEFAULT_FILENAME: &str = "witnet.toml";

let config_manager_addr = ConfigManager::new(CONFIG_DEFAULT_FILENAME).start();

In case of no configuration file, a default instantiation may be used. All configuration parameters will be set to their default values.

let config_manager_addr = ConfigManager::default().start();


Incoming messages: Others -> Config Manager

These are the messages supported by the config manager actor:

Message Input type Output type Description
GetConfig () ConfigResult Request a deep-copy of the configuration

Where ConfigResult is just:

/// Result of the GetConfig message handling
pub type ConfigResult = Result<Config, io::Error>;

The way other actors will communicate with the config manager is:

  1. Get the address of the config manager from the registry:

    // Get config manager address
    let config_manager_addr = System::current().registry().get::<ConfigManager>();
  2. Use any of the sending methods provided by the address (do_send(), try_send(), send()) to send a message to the actor:

        .then(|res, _act, _ctx| {
            // Process the response from config manager
        .and_then(|config, _act, ctx| {
            // Do something with the config

Outgoing messages: Config manager -> Others

The config manager is a simple wrapper over the config library and it does not need to start a communication with other actors in order to perform its functions.

Further information

The full source code of the Config can be found at