Receive Adapter Implementation and Design

Receive Adapter cmd

Similar to the controller, we’ll need an injection based main.go similar to the controller under cmd/receiver_adapter/main.go

// This Adapter generates events at a regular interval.
package main

import (
	myadapter ""

func main() {
	adapter.Main("sample-source", myadapter.NewEnv, myadapter.NewAdapter)

Defining NewAdapter implmentation and Start function

The adapter’s pkg implemenation constists of two main functions;

a NewAdapter(ctx context.Context, aEnv adapter.EnvConfigAccessor, sink cloudevents.Client, reporter source.StatsReporter) adapter.Adapter {} call. Which creates the new adapter with passed variables via the EnvConfigAccessor, and sets up the cloudevents client (which is where the events are forwarded to). This is sometimes refered to as a sink, or ceClient in the knative ecosystem. The return value is a refernce to the adapter as defined by the adapter’s local struct.

In our sample-source's case;

// Adapter generates events at a regular interval.
type Adapter struct {
	logger   *zap.Logger
	interval time.Duration
	nextID   int
	sink     cloudevents.Client

The second required function is the Start function implmented as an interface to the adapter struct. for example:

func (a *Adapter) Start(stopCh <-chan struct{}) error {

Where stopCh is the signal to stop the Adapter. Otherwise the role of the funtion is to process the next event. In the case of the sample-source, it creates an event to forward to the specificed cloudevent sink/client every X interval, as specified by the loaded EnvConfigAccessor (loaded via the resource yaml).

func (a *Adapter) Start(stopCh <-chan struct{}) error {
	a.logger.Info("Starting with: ",
		zap.String("Interval: ", a.interval.String()))
	for {
		select {
		case <-time.After(a.interval):
			event := a.newEvent()
			a.logger.Info("Sending new event: ", zap.String("event", event.String()))
			_, _, err := a.sink.Send(context.Background(), event)
			if err != nil {
				return err
		case <-stopCh:
			a.logger.Info("Shutting down...")
			return nil

Reconcile/Create The Receive Adapter

As part of the source reconciliation, we have to create and deploy (and update if necessary) the underlying receive adapter. The two client sets used in this process is the kubeClientSet for the Deployment tracking, and the EventingClientSet for the event recording.

Verify the specified kubernetes resources are valid, and update the Status accordingly

Assemble the ReceiveAdapterArgs

raArgs := resources.ReceiveAdapterArgs{
		EventSource:   eventSource,
		Image:         r.receiveAdapterImage,
		Source:        src,
		Labels:        resources.GetLabels(src.Name),
		SinkURI:       sinkURI,

NB The exact arguments may change based on functional requirements Create the underlying deployment from the arguments provided, matching pod templates, labels, owner references, etc as needed to fill out the deployment Example: pkg/reconciler/resources/receive_adapter.go

  1. Fetch the existing receive adapter deployment
	ra, err := r.KubeClientSet.AppsV1().Deployments(src.Namespace).Get(expected.Name, metav1.GetOptions{})
  1. Otherwise, create the deployment
ra, err = r.KubeClientSet.AppsV1().Deployments(src.Namespace).Create(expected)
  1. Check if the expected vs existing spec is different, and update the deployment if required
} else if podSpecChanged(ra.Spec.Template.Spec, expected.Spec.Template.Spec) {
		ra.Spec.Template.Spec = expected.Spec.Template.Spec
		if ra, err = r.KubeClientSet.AppsV1().Deployments(src.Namespace).Update(ra); err != nil {
			return ra, err
  1. If updated, record the event
		r.Recorder.Eventf(src, corev1.EventTypeNormal, samplesourceDeploymentUpdated, "Deployment updated")
		return ra, nil