[openstack-dev] creating a default for oslo config variables within a project?
openstack at nemebean.com
Tue Dec 3 23:13:13 UTC 2013
On 2013-12-03 17:09, Sean Dague wrote:
> On 12/03/2013 05:50 PM, Mark McLoughlin wrote:
>> On Tue, 2013-12-03 at 16:23 -0600, Ben Nemec wrote:
>>> On 2013-12-03 15:56, Sean Dague wrote:
>>>> This cinder patch - https://review.openstack.org/#/c/48935/
>>>> Is blocked on failing upgrade because the updated oslo lockutils
>>>> function until there is a specific configuration variable added to
>>>> That work around is proposed here -
>>>> However I think this is exactly the kind of forward breaks that we
>>>> to prevent with grenade, as cinder failing to function after a
>>>> upgrade because a config item wasn't added is exactly the kind of
>>>> we are trying to prevent happening to ops.
>>>> So the question is, how is this done correctly so that a default can
>>>> set in the cinder code for this value, and it not require a config
>>>> change to work?
>> You're absolutely correct, in principle - if the default value for
>> lock_path worked for users before, we should absolutely continue to
>> support it.
>>> I don't know that I have a good answer on how to handle this, but for
>>> context this change is the result of a nasty bug in lockutils that
>>> external locks were doing nothing if lock_path wasn't set. Basically
>>> it's something we should never have allowed in the first place.
>>> As far as setting this in code, it's important that all of the
>>> for a service are using the same value to avoid the same bad
>>> we were in before. For tests, we have a lockutils wrapper
>>> (https://github.com/openstack/oslo-incubator/blob/master/openstack/common/lockutils.py#L282) that sets an environment variable to address this, but that only works if all of the processes are going to be spawned from within the same wrapper, and I'm not sure how secure that is for production deployments since it puts all of the lock files in a temporary directory.
>> Right, I don't think the previous default really "worked" - if you
>> the default, then external locking was broken.
>> I suspect most distros do set a default - I see RDO has this in its
>> default nova.conf:
>> lock_path = /var/lib/nova/tmp
>> So, yes - this is all terrible.
>> IMHO, rather than raise an exception we should log a big fat warning
>> about relying on the default and perhaps just treat the lock as an
>> in-process lock in that case ... since that's essentially what it was
>> before, right?
> So a default of lock_path = /tmp will work (FHS says that path has to
> there), even if not optimal. Could we make it a default value like that
> instead of the current default which is null (and hence the problem).
IIRC, my initial fix was something similar to that, but it got shot down
because putting the lock files in a known world writeable location was a
Although maybe if we put them in a subdirectory of /tmp and ensured that
the permissions were such that only the user running the service could
use that directory, it might be acceptable? We could still log a
warning if we wanted.
This seems like it would have implications for people running services
on Windows too, but we can probably find a way to make that work if we
decide on a solution.
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