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NAME HierarchySearch - LUMP CGI XML API for following the heirarchy up from one structural unit to the first structural unit above (or below) it of a give structural unit type. DESCRIPTION The HierarchySearch CGI script permits These IDs can then be used with (for example) GetStructuralUnit to actually retrieve the Structural Units for further processing, display, etc. PARAMETERS Standard *username* - Name of user running this CGI script. Required unless web server authentication is in use (when it is, the web server authenticated user is used instead). *password* - Password for the user. This is only required if the web server is not handling the user authentication and if no security hash parameter is being given. *security_hash* - An opaque value used to authenticate the user without requiring the password to be sent. This value is generated by a previous execution of a LUMP API script and may well be time limited. It is only required if no password or webserver authentication is done. *act_as* - Users in the SysAdmins group can elect to act on the behalf of other users once they are themselves authenticated. If this parameter is present it should contain the username of the user that should be switched to if this option is available and the real user has been authenticated successfully. Optional. *session_id* - An opaque string as far as the server is concerned that is intended solely to allow async clients to differentiate different results more easily. Optional. Specific for this script *su_id* - The ID of the structural unit from which the hierarchy search should commence. Required. *sut_id* - ID of the Structural Unit Type that we should be searching for an instance of. *sut_name* - Name of the Structural Unit Type that we should be searching for an instance of. One of either *sut_id* or *sut_name* are required. If both are given, *sut_name* is ignored. *direction* - Whether to search for parents or children. Valid values are 'parents' or 'children', and if this parameter is not specified it defaults to 'parents'. RESULTS The script returns an XML document in the standard LUMP response format (as documented in LUMP-XML-Response). The <returns> section contains a list of the matching Structural Unit (<su> elements) each contain an ID (<id> element) if successful. For example, a call such as "HierarchySearch?suid=897&sut_name=Module&direction=parents" might return the following XML: <response> <returns> <su> <id>867</id> <su> <id>866</id> <su> <id>865</id> </su> </su> </su> </returns> <session> <security_hash>1247479361:3a2d93c40a11d1a1d7a4c39d80dea6cf</security_hash> <lump_version>1</lump_version> <acting_as>guest</acting_as> </session> <error> <error_message>Success</error_message> <error_code>SUCCESS</error_code> </error> </response> SEE ALSO GetStructuralUnit LUMP-XML-Response COPYRIGHT Copyright 2009 Loughborough University Library <email@example.com>. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.