Minion Agent Client

This is the Crystal version of the Minion Agent Client.

It provides a Crystal Language library to connect to and interact with a Minion Streamserver.

Key features currently:

  • Connects to a streamserver
  • Basic authentication
  • Can send logs
  • Sophisticated handling of server failures; messages and logs are queued locally, and spooled back to the server when it reconnects.
  • Is generally robust to poor network connections and losing connectivity.
  • Interactive Agent REPL Shell to manually send and receive from the stream server.


  • Add support for TLS encryption of the socket communications.
  • Add a real debug option to show all communications.

Communications Protocol

The payloads are serialized using the MessagePack protocol. MessagePack does not serialize the length of the serialized data, which negatively affects network read performance. To work around this, all data which is sent or received is prefixed with two bytes which encode the length of the data packet that follows.

The total size of this two byte header plus the data packet can be no longer than 8k (8192 bytes).

The two byte length is transfered in Big Endian order.

So, for example, consider the following message:

2020-06-10 16:23:50 -06:00|stderr|warn|this is very very serious

That is 66 bytes when serialized to MessagePack. Expressed as two bytes, big endian, that is:


Those two bytes should be the first two sent, and then immediately after those bytes should come the other 66 bytes.


Notes for the agent go here.

To Upgrade

There are two sides to every upgrade: user and developer. The developer side comes first - here's the checklist for publishing an upgrade.

  1. Modify the version number in src/minion/agent/
  2. Modify it again in the API to match
  3. Publish the agent binary at the location the API says to find it

From the user's side:

  1. Run CONFIG=/full/path/to/config.yml /opt/minion/bin/minion-agent -u

This is assuming minion-agent is installed in /opt of course.

This will upgrade to the latest version (see config.yml for where it looks for what the latest version actually is) and start the agent.

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