Starting a new module

On the community side

Community wise, one should respect the following process to submit a new module:

  • Send a message to the mailing-list announcing one’s intention to create a new puppet module for openstack, and wait for the thread to take place.

  • Once a consensus is reached on the mailing list, the user can proceed further by doing two actions:

    1. Submit a review to openstack/project-config to create the project (Add PTL and some core as reviewers)

    2. Submit a review to openstack/governance to state that the project is part of PuppetOpenstack (Add PTL and some core as reviewers)

For the governance addition please follow the process explained here:

On the technical side

The community has developed two projects related to modules file management:

  • puppet-openstack-cookiecutter ( : This project aims to help bootstrap a new puppet module that will be compliant with the community expectations (organization, naming, etc…). It takes user inputs and a project template and generate the skeleton of the modules.

  • puppet-modulesync-configs ( : This project aims to gather in a single repository the files that are common and need to be kept in sync across all openstack/puppet-* modules.

Why two projects? While modulesync makes it easy to keep a set of common file synced between projects (Gemfile, Rakefile, nodesets,…), it is not intended for dynamic content and path (class name, provider, etc…), hence the use of cookiecutter and the existence of both projects.



In practice

Requirements :

  • cookiecutter

  • modulesync (>= 0.6.0)

  • git

  • git-review

  • digest

To make the boilerplating of a new Puppet module easier a script is provided.

What it does is the following:

Step 1: Generate the skeleton of the module

It uses cookiecutter to generate the skeleton of the module.

Step 2: Retrieve the git repository of the project

It retrieves the official openstack repository of your project.

Step 3: Create the initial commit with the file present in the skeleton

Reuse the .git from the openstack repository and make an initial commit of the files present in the skeleton directory.

Step 4: Retrieve the puppet-modulesync-configs directory and configure it for your needs

It clones the puppet-modulesync-configs directory and configures modulesync.yml and managed_modules.yml accordingly.

Step 5: Run msync and amend the initial commit

It runs modulesync in noop mode and amends the commit from Step 3 with the files from puppet-modulesync-configs

At this point you should have generated a minimalist but functional module.

There are some things that cannot be automated and are marked via the FIXME tag. The impacted files are:

  • manifests/keystone/auth.pp

  • spec/classes/MYMODULENAME_keystone_auth_spec.rb


Step 6: Create launchpad project

See OpenStack Infra guide for setting up launchpad.

Each Puppet module has it own Launchpad project. The project should be part of “openstack”, Driver “hudson-openstack”, Maintainer “puppet-openstack”, Bug supervisor “puppet-openstack-bugs”. See for example.

Now you only have to run git review in the folder indicated in the output of the script.