Running OpenStack components on RHEL with Software Collections

The Python world has long since embraced Python3.  However, the stability guarantees of RHEL have limited it to Python2.7 as the base OS.  Now that I am running RHEL on my laptop, I have to find a way to work with Python 3.5 in order to contribute to OpenStack.  To further constrain myself, I do not want to “pollute” the installed python modules by using PIP to mix and match between upstream and downstream.  The solution is the Software Collections version of Python 3.5.  Here’s how I got it to work.

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JSON Home Tests and Keystone API changes

If you change the public signature of an API, or add a new API in Keystone, there is a good chance the Tests that confirm JSON home layout will break.  And that test is fairly unfriendly:  It compares a JSON doc with another JSON doc, and spews out the entirety of both JSON docs, without telling you which section breaks.  Here is how I deal with it:

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Running Unit Tests on Old Versions of Keystone

Just because Icehouse is EOL does not mean no one is running it. One part of my job is back-porting patches to older versions of Keystone that my Company supports.

A dirty secret is that we only package the code needed for the live deployment, though, not the unit tests. In the case of I need to test a bug fix against a version of Keystone that was, essentially, Upstream Icehouse.
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Ossipee started off as OS-IPA. As it morphed into a tool for building development clusters,I realized it was more useful to split the building of the cluster from the Install and configuration of the application on that cluster. To install IPA and OpenStack, and integrate them together, we now use an ansible-playbook called Rippowam.

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OpenStack is a big distributed system. FreeIPA is designed for security in distributed system. In order to develop and test each of them, separately or together, I need a distributed system. Virtualization has been a key technology for making this kind of work possible. OpenStack is great of managing virtualization. Added to that is the benefits found when we “fly our own airplanes.” Thus, I am using OpenStack to develop OpenStack.

Steve Okay took this while waiting for a flight to LAS

Early to Rise
757-200 lifts off Rwy 1 at SFO at sunrise. Credit Steve Okay. Used With Permission

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