External Requirements Affecting Glance¶
Like other OpenStack projects, Glance uses some external libraries for a subset
of its features. Some examples include the
qemu-img utility used by the
sendfile to utilize the “zero-copy” way of copying data
pydev to debug using popular IDEs,
python-xattr for Image Cache
using “xattr” driver.
On the other hand, if
dnspython is installed in the environment, Glance
provides a workaround to make it work with IPV6.
Additionally, some libraries like
xattr are not compatible when using
Glance on Windows (see the documentation on config options affecting the Image Cache).
Guideline to include your requirement in the requirements.txt file¶
As described above, we don’t include all the possible requirements needed by Glance features in the source tree requirements file. So, when an operator decides to use an advanced feature in Glance, we ask them to check the documentation/guidelines for those features to set up the feature in a workable way. In order to reduce the operator pain, the development team likes to work with different operators to figure out when a popular feature should have its dependencies included in the requirements file. However, there’s a tradeoff in including more of requirements in source tree as it becomes more painful for packagers. So, it is a bit of a haggle among different stakeholders and a judicious decision is taken by the project PTL or release liaison to determine the outcome.
To simplify the identification of an advanced feature in Glance we can think of it as something not being used and deployed by most of the upstream/known community members.
To name a few features that have been identified as advanced:
- glance tasks
- image signing
- image prefetcher
- glance db purge utility
- image locations
Steps to include your requirement in the requirements.txt file¶
1. First step is to propose a change against the
project to include the requirement(s) as a part of
2. If your requirement is not a part of the project, you will have to propose a
change adding that requirement to the requirements.txt file in Glance. Please
Depends-On: <ChangeID> flag in the commit message, where the
ChangeID is the gerrit ID of corresponding change against
3. A sync bot then syncs the global requirements into project requirements on a regular basis, so any updates to the requirements are synchronized on a timely basis.