Plaso follows the log2timeline style guide.
Plaso specific style points
Event data attribute containers
Every event data attribute container defines a data type (DATA_TYPE).
Conventions for the data type names are:
If the data type is operating system (or operating system convension such as POSIX) specific start with the name of operating system or convention. Currently supported prefixes:
Otherwise skip the operating system prefix.
Next is the name of the application, sub system or data format for example ‘chrome’, ‘windows:registry’ or ‘windows:evtx’.
TODO: describe which one is preferred and why.
What follows are application, sub system or data format specific type information for example ‘windows:evtx:record’.
Values stored in an event data attribute container must be of certain types otherwise event filtering or output formatting can break. Supported Python types are:
bool (also see note below)
A list, of the types previously mentioned types, are supported. Do not use dict or binary strings.
Use a bool sparsely. For now it is preferred to preserve the original type. For example if -1 represents False and 0 True, store the value as an integer not as a bool. The message formatter can represent the numeric value as a human readable string.
Use the test functions available in the local test_lib.py as much as possible nstead of writing your own test functions. If you think a test function is missing please add it, or mail the developer list to see if you can get someone else to do it.
self.CheckTimestampfor testing timestamp values.
Common test code should be stored in “test library” files, for example. the parser test
We do this for a few reasons:
to remove code duplication in “boiler plate” test code;
to make the tests more uniform in both look-and-feel but also what is tested;
improve test coverage;
isolate core functionality from tests to prevent some future core changes affecting the parsers and plugins too much.