[openstack-dev] [fuel][plugins] Should we maintain example plugins?

Alex Schultz aschultz at mirantis.com
Thu Mar 3 16:55:27 UTC 2016

On Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 7:19 AM, Matthew Mosesohn <mmosesohn at mirantis.com> wrote:
> Hi Fuelers,
> I would like to bring your attention a dilemma we have here. It seems
> that there is a dispute as to whether we should maintain the releases
> list for example plugins[0]. In this case, this is for adding version
> 9.0 to the list.
> Right now, we run a swarm test that tries to install the example
> plugin and do a deployment, but it's failing only for this reason. I
> should add that this is the only automated daily test that will verify
> that our plugin framework actually works. During the Mitaka
> development  cycle, we already had an extended period where plugins
> were broken[1]. Removing this test (or leaving it permanently red,
> which is effectively the same), would raise the risk to any member of
> the Fuel community who depends on plugins actually working.

IMHO we need to fix the plugins and this should just be part of the
basic maintenance of the plugins for each release cycle. These are
effectively documentation that needs to be updated on a regular basis
and should not be let to go stale.  Integrating with fuel and plugins
is already a complex task so having something that can be used as an
example is very important from an end user experiance standpoint.

> The other impact of abandoning maintenance of example plugins is that
> it means that a given interested Fuel Plugin developer would not be
> able to easily get started with plugin development. It might not be
> inherently obvious to add the current Fuel release to the
> metadata.yaml file and it would likely discourage such a user. In this
> case, I would propose that we remove example plugins from fuel-plugins
> GIT repo if they are not maintained. Non-functioning code is worse
> than deleted code in my opinion.
> Please share your opinions and let's decide which way to go with this bug[2]
> [0] https://github.com/openstack/fuel-plugins/tree/master/examples
> [1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/fuel/+bug/1544505
> [2] https://launchpad.net/bugs/1548340
> Best Regards,
> Matthew Mosesohn
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