cla/ci - CI Classes

Programmatically speaking, each Configuration Item (CI) can have both data and behaviour encapsulated into each CI Class and CI instance.

Instantiating an CI from the DB

Instantiate a CI means to load an existing CI from the Clarive CI database.

This is accomplished using the ci.load(mid) function.

var ci = require("cla/ci");
var server = ci.load("123");

Instanciating CIs

To create a CI, first we need to load the desired CI class as a class variable:

var ci = require("cla/ci");
var GenericServer = ci.getClass('GenericServer');

Now we can generate an in-memory instance of the CI. This instance is generaly usable, except that it's not yet permanent in the database.

To save a CI to the database, we just have to invoke the save() method.

var ci = require("cla/ci");
var GenericServer = ci.getClass('GenericServer');
var server = new GenericServer({ name: 'myhost', hostname:'myhost.intranet' });;

The save() method returns an mid, which identifies the CI in the database.

Creating your own CIs

You can create your own CI classes, with its corresponding storage and methods.

var ci = require("cla/ci");
    has_bl: 0,
        ipAddress: { is:"rw", isa:"Str", required: true }
    superclasses: ['GenericServer']

var obj ="MyClass",{ ipAddress: 22, hostname:'myhost.intranet' });

var MyClass = ci.getClass("MyClass");
var obj  = new MyClass({ ipAddress: '', hostname:'myhost.intranet' });

// now all CI methods will be available
var mid =;
var again = ci.load(mid);

Once you create your own CI class, you cannot add new methods or attributes.

Creating services for CIs

To create a service for a CI, we need to do it like this:

var reg = require("cla/reg");

reg.registerCIService('testservice', {
    class: 'CiClass',
    name: 'Service test',
    icon: '/plugin/plugin/icon/plugin.svg',
    form: '/plugin/cla-plugin-plugin/form/plugin-service.js',
    handler: function(ctx, config) {

        print("Your code will be here");


CiClass is the CI where you want to enable the service. In config variable you will have your form parameters in case you have one.

To access to the CI parameters where you are launching the service, you need to do it through the variable this. Example: this.param(). Where param() is the parameter param of the CI where you are launching the service.

Searching CIs

Searching for CIs can be done in 2 different ways, by returning instantiated CI objects or database documents.

The main difference resides in that database documents are faster to retrieve, but can be only used read-only. CI objects have methods that and can be manipulated and persisted.

ci.find([class], query)

Returns a cursor for a result set of CI database documents. The cursor has the same methods as a database cursor.

var ci = require("cla/ci");
var rs = ci.find({ hostname: cla.regex("^127.0") });
rs.forEach(function(doc) {
    print( doc.mid );

Optionally, a class can be sent as a parameter to limit the search to documents that belong only to that class.

var ci = require("cla/ci");
var rs = ci.find('Status', { name: cla.regex('QA') });
print( );

ci.findOne([class], query,options)

Returns the first document that matches the query.

var ci = require("cla/ci");
var doc = ci.findOne({ mid:"123" });
print( doc.mid );

Optionally, a class can be sent as a parameter to limit the search to documents that belong only to that class.

// find a document within the Status class only
var ci = require("cla/ci");
var doc = ci.findOne('Status', { name: cla.regex('^QA') });


Instantiate a previously persisted CI from the database.


Deletes a CI with the given mid.

General availability of a class

To be able to fully use a CI class outside of a rule code, the CI class must be loaded as part of Clarive's startup process.

Put the JS file for the class in the corresponding $CLARIVE_BASE/plugin/[plugin-name]/cis folder so that it's picked up by the cla command during system startup.

Meta Programming

The following instrospection of the CI class system is available:


Returns an Array of loaded CI classes in Clarive.

With the optional parameter role, filters the list that do a given role.

var ci = require("cla/ci");
var all = ci.listClasses();
var appservers = ci.listClasses('ApplicationServer');

This is useful to check if a certain dependent module is loaded before attempting a given operation.