[openstack-dev] [all] sample config files should be ignored in git...

Steven Hardy shardy at redhat.com
Wed Mar 26 18:27:58 UTC 2014

On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 11:10:04AM -0700, Clint Byrum wrote:
> This is an issue that affects all of our git repos. If you are using
> oslo.config, you will likely also be using the sample config generator.
> However, for some reason we are all checking this generated file in.
> This makes no sense, as we humans are not editting it, and it often
> picks up config files from other things like libraries (keystoneclient
> in particular). This has lead to breakage in the gate a few times for
> Heat, perhaps for others as well.
> I move that we all rm this file from our git trees, and start generating
> it as part of the install/dist process (I have no idea how to do
> this..). This would require:
> - rm sample files and add them to .gitignore in all trees
> - Removing check_uptodate.sh from all trees/tox.ini's
> - Generating file during dist/install process.
> Does anyone disagree?

So this sounds like a great idea in theory, I'd love to stop getting
surprise gate breakage every keystoneclient release becuause of minor
changes to keystone_authtoken.

My main concern is we're replacing suprise breakage due to keystoneclient
with surprise breakage due to oslo.config, since that version is not

E.g look at this review I just posted (too hastily) - generate_sample.sh
has done something crazy and generated a totally broken config:


I'm not quite clear on why that's broken, but it does highlight one of the
problems with relying on autogeneration with no review.  I guess we'll get
to review the logs of the broken gate tests instead :\

I'd love to hear ideas on how we can do this in an automated way which
won't be really unstable/unreliable.


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