4.6. Extensions

ReportServer has a modular design which is exposed in ReportServer Enterprise Edition to allow for customization. The extension points are called hooks. Extensions are written in groovy (groovy.codehaus.org) and can hook into various places in ReportServer. In order to use scripts, you must configure certain properties in the configuration file /fileserver/etc/scripting/scripting.cf.

This file controls whether scripts are enabled to begin with. Furthermore, you have to specify a path (in the internal filesystem) beneath which scripts can be placed (this helps to allow users to create/edit files in the file system without giving them the rights to write scripts). Finally, you can name a script which is executed on ReportServer startup and one which is executed whenever a user logs in.


In the above example we allow scripts only in the bin folder (and subfolders). We defined the script fileserver/bin/onlogin.rs as the script that is executed whenever a user logs in (note that the script is executed with the current user, that is, the user that logged in and thus the user must have the rights to execute this script). The second, on startup script is executed without any user.

The onstartup and onlogin scripts shipped with the ReportServer demo data allow you to easily execute your own scripts. The onstartup script executes all scripts in the folder /fileserver/bin/onstartup.d. Likewise, the onlogin.rs script executes all scripts within /fileserver/bin/onlogin.d.

Further information on ReportServer scripts can be found in the administration guide and the specialized scripting guide.