Requirements management in RDO

  1. Requirements management in RDO
    1. Introduction
    2. Managing OpenStack requirements in RDO
      1. Adding a new requirement to RDO
      2. Updating a requirement in RDO CloudSIG repositories
    3. Contact us


OpenStack services usually need some pieces of software which are not developed as part of the project. They are are general purpose libraries (typically python modules) or services used in some way to run or build OpenStack packages.

OpenStack requirements project defines the policies and processes to manage requirements in upstream projects from a global perspective.

Managing OpenStack requirements in RDO

RDO provides all requirements for packaged services in RPM format from their own repos, so that no software should be installed from external repositories. This packages can be provided by:

  • CentOS base repositories (base, updates and extras). This is the preferred source of packages whenever possible.
  • Other CentOS SIG repositories (Virtualization, Storage, etc…). When a required package is being maintained by other CentOS SIG, it will be reused for RDO repos.
  • RDO CloudSIG repositories. When a package is not available from previous repos, it will be provided by RDO repositores. Note that it's required that these packages exist previously in Fedora so that they can be rebuilt with minimal changes (if any).

If you have questions or special requests, don't hesitate in contacting RDO using our mailing lists or #rdo channel in freenode.

Adding a new requirement to RDO

When a new requirement is needed for an OpenStack project included in RDO, package maintainers must follow this procedure:

RDO dependencies

  1. If the project follows global-requirements processes, make sure that the requirement has been added to global-requirements.txt and upper-constraints.txt files as described in the upstream documentation

  2. Check if the new requirement is present in CentOS base channels. The easiest way to do this is using yum command from a system running CentOS 7:

     yum list "*<dependency>"

    If it's present, the desired package is already available to RDO users.

  3. If the package is not in CentOS base repos, you can check if it has been already built by the CloudSIG using rdopkg:

     rdopkg info <package name>

    as, for example:

     $ rdopkg info python-eventlet
     1 packages found:
     name: python-eventlet
     project: python-eventlet
     conf: unmanaged-dependency
     patches: None
       cloud7-openstack-common-release: python-eventlet-0.17.4-4.el7
       cloud7-openstack-common-testing: python-eventlet-0.17.4-4.el7
       cloud7-openstack-newton-release: python-eventlet-0.18.4-2.el7
       cloud7-openstack-newton-testing: python-eventlet-0.18.4-2.el7
       cloud7-openstack-ocata-release: python-eventlet-0.18.4-2.el7
       cloud7-openstack-ocata-testing: python-eventlet-0.18.4-2.el7
       cloud7-openstack-pike-testing: python-eventlet-0.20.1-2.el7
     review-origin: null
     review-patches: null
       dependency: null

    If the package is found, it's already in RDO repositories and no more actions are needed to add it to the repos.

  4. In case that the dependency is not in CentOS base or CloudSIG repo, you can check if it has been built by other SIGs in CBS web interface. You can use wildcards in the packages search expression. If you find the desired dependency, you can open a bug in Red Hat Bugzilla for RDO product requesting the inclussion of the package in RDO repos. RDO Core members will handle the request.

  5. If the new package is not in CBS, you must check if it's packaged in Fedora using the package browser. If the package exists you can open a bug in Red Hat Bugzilla for RDO product requesting the rebuild of the package in RDO repos. RDO Core members will rebuild the package using latest existing version in Fedora.

  6. When the packages doesn't exist even in Fedora you need to add the package following the New package process. Note that a Fedora packager needs to participate in this process. While RDO core members may maintain the new package for common requirements used by different projects, dependencies for specific project must be maintained in Fedora by the project team. Once the package is included in Fedora repos you can create a bugzilla as explained in step 5.

  7. Once the package is available in the repos, you can add it to the list of Requires or BuildRequires in your package spec file. Note that optional dependencies not used in default or common configurations should not be added as Requires but installed only when needed.

Updating a requirement in RDO CloudSIG repositories

There are some rules to follow when a requirement update is needed by a OpenStack project:

  • If the dependency is included in upstream requirements project, the required version must be equal to the version in upper-constraints file.

  • For packages installed from CentOS base repos, the package should be updated in CentOS/RHEL repos. This can be requested opening a bug in bugzilla for RHEL product. This bug will be evaluated following the RHEL process.

  • For packages installed from RDO CloudSIG repos, the package must be updated in Fedora first to the required version. If it has not been updated first you can contact Fedora package maintainer or open a bug for Fedora product. Once the package has been updated, yo can send a request to get it updated in RDO repos.

Contact us

If you have questions or special requests about requirements, don't hesitate to contact RDO community members using our mailing lists or #rdo channel in freenode.