6.1. How Scrips Work

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Custom conditions and actions can be created via RT's web interface, or you can create a Perl module for each custom condition and action.

Additionally, a scrip can have custom cleanup code that will run after all other code, but before the scrip exits. Custom scrip code is always written in standard Perl, and templates are created using the Text::Template module.

Scrips can be applied across all queues or to individual queues. With the current version of RT, if you want to apply the same scrip to a subset of queues, you will have to go into each queue's configuration and create the scrip for each one.

The scrips system is the last major part of RT that works exactly how it did when RT 2.0 came out in 2001.

In a future version of RT, the scrips system will be overhauled to make it easier to specify which scrips apply to which queues and to build more complex workflow.

6.1.1. Transactions

A scrip is always run in the context of a transaction. Transactions represent a set of changes to a ticket. For example, when a ticket is resolved, its status changes, and a comment or reply may be added as part of the same transaction.

The transaction object is important when implementing custom scrip conditions and actions, as it lets you see what is being changed in the ticket.

6.1.2. Cc and AdminCc

Scrip action and templates often refer to Cc and AdminCc as email recipients, which are simply two generic recipient groups. The AdminCc group usually consists of some or all of the privileged RT users. The Cc group would be anyone else with an interest in a particular ticket. For example, in a tech support department, the support staff and their supervisors could all be in the AdminCc group. The AdminCc group consists of the people who work directly with RT the most. RT is by default configured to send different types of messages based on whether or not the recipient is in the AdminCc or Cc group. For example, by default RT includes the URL for a ticket when emailing a member of the AdminCc group.

6.1.3. Conditions

RT comes with a set of standard conditions for scrips, as shown in Table 6-1.

Table 6-1. Scrip conditions



On Create

When a new ticket is created.

On Transaction

When a ticket is modified in any way.

On Correspond

When a reply is created for the ticket. This condition is triggered for both replies created via the web interface and for replies received via email.

On Comment

When a comment is created for the ticket. Again, this applies to both the web interface and incoming email.

On Status Change

When the ticket's status changes.

On Resolve

When the ticket is marked as resolved.

On Priority Change

When the ticket's priority changes.

On Owner Change

When the ticket's owner changes.

On Queue Change

When the ticket is moved to a new queue.

Additionally, you can create a new scrip with a user-defined action. The following example is a very simple user-defined condition:

     $self->TicketObj->status eq 'deleted'; 

This condition is true whenever a ticket's status is changed to deleted. This code is suitable for pasting into RT's web interface.

The equivalent Perl module would look like this:

     package RT::Condition::OnDelete;           use strict;     use base 'RT::Condition::Generic';           sub IsApplicable {         my $self = shift;         return ($self->TicketObj->status eq 'deleted');     }           1; 

If your RT base directory is /opt/rt3, this code could be installed as /opt/rt3/local/lib/RT/Condition/OnDelete.pm. You can automate this process using the Module::Install::RTx module, which is covered in Chapter 10.

You also need to make RT aware of this module, which means adding some information to the database. Mucking around with the database directly is not a good idea, but there is a simple way to write command-line scrips to manipulate RT's database.

Use the RT::Interface::CLI module to talk to RT:

     #!/usr/bin/perl           use strict;     use lib "/opt/rt3/lib";           use RT;     use RT::Interface::CLI qw( CleanEnv GetCurrentUser );     use RT::ScripCondition;           CleanEnv(  );     RT::LoadConfig(  );     RT::Init(  );           my $user = GetCurrentUser(  );     unless( $user->Id ) {         print "No RT user found. Please consult your RT administrator.\n";         exit 1;     } 

This first part is the voodoo needed to begin doing anything with RT from a command-line script. When GetCurrentUser( ) is called, it will look for a user in the RT database matching the username running the script. It does this by checking the Unix login field for the user, which by default is empty. So you will need to set this for at least one user via the web interface.

Now that you have RT initialized and the current user loaded, you can add the following code to make RT aware of this new condition:

     my $sc = RT::ScripCondition->new($user);           $sc->Create( Name                 => 'On Delete',                  Description          => 'When a ticket is deleted',                  ExecModule           => 'OnDelete',                  ApplicableTransTypes => 'Status',                ); 

The Name is a short description for the condition and will be seen in the web interface.

After you run this script, when you go to create a new scrip in the web interface, you'll see a new condition available in the condition select list.

Later in this chapter we'll explore the possibilities for custom conditions in more detail.

6.1.4. Actions

An action is what the scrip does if its condition is true. RT comes with a number of actions built in, as shown in Table 6-2.

Table 6-2. Scrip actions


What it does

Autoreply to Requestors

Send email to the ticket's requestors. This differs from the various "notify" actions in that the generated email's "From" header will have only the queue name.

Notify Requestors, Notify Owner, etc.

Send email to the specific group, such as the ticket's requestors, its owner, etc. The email is generated using the template associated with the scrip.

Notify Other Recipients

This action allows you to specify arbitrary recipients by setting the "To" header in the template. In the template section, we create a custom template that takes advantage of this.

Notify Owner As Comment, Notify Ccs as Comment, etc.

When a notification is sent as a comment, the reply to address will be the queue's comment address, not its correspondence address.

Create Tickets

This action can be used to create one or more new tickets based on the template associated with the scrip. This is one of the features that allows you to create workflows using RT.

Open Tickets

This action opens a ticket. RT uses this action to open resolved tickets when they receive correspondence.

Of course, just as with conditions, you can write your own custom actions. And also like conditions, these actions can be defined either through a bit of Perl code pasted into the web interface, or as a separate module.

Let's assume that you have an LDAP directory that lets you look up the department someone belongs to, based on their email address. You'd like to include that department as a custom field for all tickets.

To do that, you can create a custom action that sets this field for all newly created tickets. That means you would have this action run when the On Create condition was triggered, as part of the action preparation.

Your action code would look something like this:

     my $email = ($self->TicketObj->RequestorAddresses)[0];           my $ldap = Net::LDAP->new( 'ldap.example.com' );     $ldap->bind;           my $msg = $ldap->search( base   => 'dc=ldap,dc=example,dc=com',                              filter => "(email=$email)",                            );           my $entry = $msg->entry(0);           my $dept = $entry->get_value('ou');           my $cf = RT::CustomField->new( $RT::SystemUser );     $cf->LoadByName( Name => 'Department' );           $self->TicketObj->AddCustomFieldValue( Field => $cf, Value => $dept );           return 1; 

This same code as a Perl module looks like this:

     package RT::Action::AddDepartment;           use strict;           use base 'RT::Action::Generic';           sub Prepare {         my $self = shift;               my $email = ($self->TicketObj->RequestorAddresses)[0];               my $ldap = Net::LDAP->new( 'ldap.example.com' );         $ldap->bind;               my $msg = $ldap->search( base   => 'dc=ldap,dc=example,dc=com',                                  filter => "(email=$email)",                                );               my $entry = $msg->entry(0);               my $dept = $entry->get_value('ou');               my $cf = RT::CustomField->new( $RT::SystemUser );         $cf->LoadByName( Name => 'Department' );               $self->TicketObj->AddCustomFieldValue( Field => $cf, Value => $dept );               return 1;     }           1; 

Again, if you add a new module, you need to make RT aware of it by adding it to the database. This can be done with a script just like the one for adding new conditions, except with the following code at the end:

     my $sc = RT::ScripAction->new($user);           $sc->Create( Name        => 'Add Department',                  Description => 'set department custom field for new tickets',                  ExecModule  => 'AddDepartment',                ); 

After creating this action, you can use the web interface to add a new scrip with the condition set to On Create and the action set to Add Department. You also need to make sure that there is a custom field named Department.

6.1.5. Templates

Each scrip can have one associated template. These usually generate email, but they can be used for any purpose you like. They allow you to generate arbitrary text based on the content of a transaction. For example, a scrip with the Create Tickets action will use the output of its template to generate new tickets.

Templates are written using the Text::Template templating language, which is a very simple templating language allowing you to embed Perl in text. Perl code is placed in curly braces ({ and }). Everything else is plain text.

RT installs the base templates shown in Table 6-3.

Table 6-3. Standard templates




Because every scrip must have an associated template, you should use this template when you don't want to generate any text.


The default auto-reply template, which can be used when a new ticket is created.


This is a very simple template that only includes some of the ticket's information such as status and subject.

Admin Correspondence

Shows the contents of the transaction along with a URL to view the ticket.


Simply includes the contents of the transaction.

Admin Comment

Used to send comments to admins when one is made.

Status Change

A template specifically designed for sending email to admins when a ticket's status is changed.


This template is designed to be sent to requestors when a ticket is resolved.

You can make your own custom templates. If you're using a template to send email, you also can set the email headers from the template.

Let's assume that you created a custom scrip to fire whenever someone steals a ticket. You want to send email to the former owner letting them know this.

The following example is a template for that email:

     To: { my $old_owner = RT::User->new( $self->CurrentUser );           $old_owner->Load( $Transaction->OldValue );           $old_owner->EmailAddress(  ) }     Subject: Ticket #{ $Ticket->Id(  ) } taken by { $Ticket->OwnerObj->Name(  ) }           A ticket you owned:             { $Ticket->Subject(  ) }           has been taken by { $Ticket->OwnerObj->Name(  ) }.           { $RT::WebURL }Ticket/Display.html?id={ $Ticket->Id(  ) } 

If the template is being used to send an email, then you can set headers simply by specifying them as name/value pairs at the beginning of the template. In the code just shown the To and Subject header is set from the template.

To actually send this message only when a ticket is stolen also requires a custom condition, which we will see later.

If a transaction adds attachments to a ticket, and you want to include those attachments with the outgoing email, add this line to the top of your template:

     RT-Attach-Message: Yes 

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