Feature sets for scenario tests

Feature sets for scenario tests

The runner and the templates for scenario tests do not provide an easy way to specify the dependency between a certain item (i.e. an EDP job for a certain cluster) and its configuration (i.e. credentials, the definition of the job). This proposal tries to address the problem.

Problem description

A key feature of sahara-scenario is the support for test templates They support parameters which allow tester to describe different test scenarios without writing multiple copies of test templates which differs only by few arguments. This flexibility is somehow limited when testing features like S3 support. Testing S3 integration requires few additional details to be specified when configuring the tests:

  • the credentials required to access the S3 API;
  • the definitions of the new EDP jobs which uses S3;
  • for each cluster where the jobs needs to be executed, the name of the EDP job.

The first two items can be easily added to new files that can be specified as argument for the sahara-scenario command (for example credentials_s3.yaml.mako and edp_s3.yaml.mako). The keys that they contain (credentials and edp_jobs_flow) are merged together by the runner. Their content may also be added directly to the existing YAML files (credentials.yaml.mako and edp_s3.yaml.mako) but that would mean adding a long list of default values for all the arguments in the template.

The third item is more complicated to model, because there is no easy way to override an item in a cluster element, which is a list, not a dictionary.

While it could be possible to introduce a command line parameter to override the items in a specific cluster, that would still leave up to the user to remember to specify all the required bits to enable S3 testing.

A more general solution to the problem is the definition of feature sets for testing.

Proposed change

The user of sahara-scenario would only need to pass an argument like:

sahara-scenario ... --feature s3 ...

If the -p and -v arguments are specified, for each feature argument sahara-scenario will include the files credentials_<feature>.yaml.mako and edp_<feature>.yaml.mako, if they exist.

In addition, from the list of EDP jobs specified for all enabled clusters, all the items marked with feature: s3 will be selected.

This means that items without the feature tag will always be executed, while items with feature will be executed only when the associated feature(s) are selected.

The initial implementation will focus on EDP jobs, but other items may benefit from the tagging.

Alternatives

Use conditional statements in the YAML file. But the author of this spec requested multiple times to keep the YAML files free of business logic and purely declarative instead when the sahara-scenario initial spec was discussed.

Another possible solution is the duplication of the YAML templates, which is going against maintainability and easiness of usage.

Data model impact

None.

REST API impact

None.

Other end user impact

None.

Deployer impact

The new test runner will be backward compatible with the old templates, but new templates will require the new runner, but this should not be a problem.

Developer impact

None.

Image Packing impact

None.

Sahara-dashboard / Horizon impact

None.

Implementation

Assignee(s)

Primary assignee:
ltoscano

Work Items

  • extend the runner to accept the feature argument
  • add new EDP jobs and add the feature marker to the EDP jobs which need it, extending the existing attempt of S3 testing (see References.) which is an early attempt to solve the issue.

Dependencies

None.

Testing

The new argument and the merging of values will be covered by unit tests. The regression testing of will be covered by the sahara-tests-scenario jobs in the gate.

Documentation Impact

The new arguments and its usage will be documented from the user and the test writer point of view.

References

Initial work to support S3 testing:

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