Copyright 2015 Łukasz Jernaś

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Provide a translation check site for translators


Provide a means for translators for easily checking the translations imported from the translation system in a production like environment.

Problem Description

Translators and translation reviewers need a way to verify that translation behaves correctly when applied to the OpenStack Dashboard and its plug-ins. This also helps when context information is missing from a string, for example if “Search” is a label or a button, because in some cases the translations have to be different. Now a translator has to run their own DevStack instance, fetch the updated translation, run the build, etc - which is cumbersome, requires skills outside the translation ones and duplicates a lot of work between every translation group.

Proposed Change

A sample OpenStack instance should be provided to translators, which runs the current working branch and regularly fetches updated translations. The instance should run Horizon and every module supported by the stock dashboard.

This could be achieved by running a DevStack instance on a host, which would fetch translation from the current translation system by a cron schedule. The entire DevStack environment should be refreshed approximately once a week because the environment itself is string freezed during translation peak period. The translation update, that is translation import job, is run once a day. The instance should be able to spawn pseudo VMs that are using fake virt driver, create networks and all other capabilities provided by Horizon, but should be firewalled off from the rest of the world with a periodic cleanup of all resources.

There is no need for SSO integration as the only required accounts are a shared admin and a user account, with the credentials known to the translation team.


As an alternative a prebuilt VM image could be created for the translators to run on their own workstations with a simple set of scripts to update the translations. However this might take the a similar amount of time and also would require the translators to have sufficient hardware to run such VM.



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Gerrit Topic

Use Gerrit topic “i18n-checksite” for all patches related to this spec.

git-review -t i18n-checksite

Work Items

  • Create puppet module for creating and spawning instance
  • Create firewall and networking rules, only HTTPS for the dashboard




A new server will have to be created with sufficient resources to run all the required components and at least a few cirrus virtual machines.

DNS Entries

There should be a new DNS entry created for easy access by the translation teams.


Documentation related to configuration and potential DevStack debugging for the infrastructure team in the system-config repository.

Documentation for translators who will be using this.


Security issues should be taken into consideration, as the dashboard allows the creation of new networks, floating IP addresses, load balancers and instances. However, as long as fake virt driver is used, these security concerns disappear.


A basic set of functional tests and monitoring should be set up, for example if the environment recreation completed successfully and every service runs correctly.


This will require creation of a new puppet module.