Do any of you see the need to establish a way for tools to use a global (current site) API url/key combination? From a security perspective I'm assuming this is basically ok since tools run under the galaxy user anyways (and can directly read and write files to their heart's content). I understand that a particular user's API key could help limit what they have access to. My tool however wants to do some prepatory form display and post-job work on behalf of the Galaxy system in addition to working with user-centric data; I presume others have similar use-case needs.
I think it would amount to having a standard GALAXY_TOOL_API_URL and GALAXY_TOOL_API_KEY managed in universe_wsgi.ini (left blank if not desired by sys admin). The key would be generated by a galaxy admin using a real admin user id. These would be available as python or shell environment variables when it came time to execute a tool's <command interpreter="python"> etc. work.
The wee other detail is that I'm using <code file="versioned_data_form.py" /> in my tool xml because there is API information I have to retrieve to set up the form with. So the url and key need to be accessible in that execution environment too?!!
Am I missing the boat; alternately has this already been talked about?!
Thanks for advice ...
Hsiao lab, BC Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory, BC Centre for Disease Control 655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 4R4 Canada