Javelin 2


During the Juno Summit we discovered that Grenade was not doing the resource validation that we believed it was. This had always been a fragile part in grenade because complex validation of resources is somewhat tough in bash. Instead we should build a tool in Tempest that provides a way to create, validate, and destroy resources for us in testing.

Problem description

We need a tool that will create a set of resources, can validate that that set of resources exists at some later point in time (temporally disconnected with no shared memory state), and can delete that set of resources. Having this tool we can very easily test that resources (users, images, servers, objects, etc) survive an upgrade undisturbed in grenade testing.

Proposed change

Create a new javelin tool in tempest as part of the cmd directory.

The usage of javelin is as follows:

usage: javelin.py [-h] -m <create|check|destroy>
                [--os-username <auth-user-name>]
                [--os-password <auth-password>]
                [--os-tenant-name <auth-tenant-name>]
                [--os-auth-url <auth-url>]

It requires admin keystone credentials to run because it must perform user/tenant creation and inspection.

Resources are specified in a resources.yaml file:

  - javelin
  - discuss

  - name: javelin
    pass: gungnir
    tenant: javelin
  - name: javelin2
    pass: gungnir2
    tenant: discuss

# resources that we want to create
  - name: javelin_cirros
    owner: javelin
    file: cirros-0.3.2-x86_64-blank.img
    format: ami
    aki: cirros-0.3.2-x86_64-vmlinuz
    ari: cirros-0.3.2-x86_64-initrd

  - name: peltast
    owner: javelin
    flavor: m1.small
    image: javelin_cirros
  - name: hoplite
    owner: javelin
    flavor: m1.medium
    image: javelin_cirros

An important piece of the resource definition is the owner field, which is the user (that we’ve created) that is the owner of that resource. All operations on that resource will happen as that regular user to ensure that admin level access does not mask issues.

The check phase will act like a unit test, using well known assert methods to verify that the correct resources exist.

This whole exercises has, and will continue to, enlighten us on ways that the Tempest rest_client is difficult to consume outside of Tempest tests. It should go a long way to making that a cleaner distinction.


The alternative is to fix the grenade javelin exercises, though they’ve been non functional for long enough that this doesn’t seem to be a fruitful direction.






Work Items

  • initial pass of javelin2 that supports create / check of similar resources as were in grenade javelin
  • integration of javelin2 into grenade
  • addition of destroy phase to clean up javelin2
  • expand # of resources beyond what was in grenade to ensure we aren’t failing once we get beyond singletons
  • expansion of resources beyond what was in grenade - ceilometer resources - neutron resources
  • unit tests in tempest



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