Working with policy overrides

This page shows how to work with policy overrides. Specifically, it shows the steps needed for enabling, updating, and disabling them. A tutorial on enabling a policy override is also linked to.


Become familiar with the concepts behind policy overrides prior to attempting to use them. Consult therefore the Policy overrides page before going forward.

Enable an override

A policy override for a single OpenStack service is enabled in four steps:

  1. Insert the policy statements into an override file (or files).

    This creates an override file. Its contents is dependent upon the desired policy for the given service.

  2. Compress the override file(s) to get the resource file:

    zip <> <override-file.yaml> [<override-file.yaml> ...]
  3. Attach the resource file to the application. The resource name used is policyd-override:

    juju attach-resource <charm-name> policyd-override=<>
  4. Enable the override via the use-policyd-override charm option:

    juju config <charm-name> use-policyd-override=true

See tutorial Show extended server attributes using policy overrides for a practical example of enabling a policy override.

Resource file requirements

The requirements for the resource file are:

  • It must be properly ZIP formatted. A pkunzip program must be able to open and test the enclosed files.

  • Enclosed override files must be properly YAML formatted and have an extension of .yaml, or .yml.

  • Enclosed override files must not contain rule targets/keys that have been blacklisted by the charm. These will be documented in the charm’s README.

  • Enclosed override files must have unique filenames. Any directories in the file are “flattened” such that all override files appear as a simple list. Each of these filenames also get lower-cased.

Update an override

To update (or fix) an override attach a new resource file. Changes are applied immediately; there is no need to disable (‘false’) and re-enable (‘true’).


The override that gets applied are always associated with the most recently attached resource file.

The last revision time of the resource can be viewed with the juju list-resources command. Sample output is:

Resource          Revision
policyd-override  2020-03-12T19:53

Disable an override

Overrides are disabled by setting option use-policyd-override back to its default value of ‘false’:

juju config <charm-name> use-policyd-override=false

You do not need to remove the resource file. Indeed, there is no ability in Juju to do so.


A charm that supports policy overrides will always have the ‘policyd-override’ resource present.