Normal Processing

In normal operation, the interpreter processes lists of statements, such as the example given below:

authorize {

In the above configuration, when the authorize section is executed, the preprocess module is also called, followed by the files module. The processing is top to bottom and follows the algorithm given earlier in this chapter.

The configurable failover function allows for more flexibility when the interpreter processes a section. As stated previously, configurable failover provides the ability to control exactly how the processing flows through a section and to override or rewrite the return value of any module. This capability allows administrators to create policies such as "try sql1, if it’s down, try sql2, otherwise pretend everything succeeded":

accounting {
    detail      # always log to detail, stopping if it fails
    redundant {
        sql1    # try module sql1
        sql2    # if that's down, try module sql2
        ok      # otherwise treat it as success

In comparison to configurable failover, the Unlang interpreter is even more flexible.