Tripleo-lab, Podman and TripleO, a love story
Still working on the integration of Podman in TripleO. Yeah, it’s a long and tricky road to success. But there are some really nice outcomes.
- The openstack-selinux patch has been merged, and a new package should be promoted shortly.
- Tripleo-lab now allows to chose podman as a container client for the undercloud.
Tripleo-lab also allows to build or install custom packages. The built is based on the official OpenStack Gerrit, and uses the official tripleo-ci tools.
How can we use all of that? It’s really simple. Let’s say we want to deploy an
undercloud with podman, using custom
openstack-selinux packages. In Tripleo-lab, create a “local_env” directory,
and add some files in it:
Describe what instance you want to build
--- # local_env/1under.yaml vms: - name: undercloud cpu: 6 memory: 20000 disksize: 100 interfaces: - mac: "24:42:53:21:52:15" - mac: "24:42:53:21:52:16" autostart: yes
Ensure you’re using the latest packages from Master
--- # local_env/master.yaml tripleo_version: master
Set podman as container CLI
--- # local_env/podman.yaml undercloud_config: - section: DEFAULT option: container_cli value: podman
Fetch and install custom packages based on changes
--- # local_env/patches.yaml patches: - name: 'tripleo-heat-templates' refs: '35/600535/16' custom_rpms: - https://trunk.rdoproject.org/centos7-master/consistent/openstack-selinux-0.8.15-0.20181001144230.42045c1.el7.noarch.rpm
Note the “local_env” directory is ignored by default from the git repository.
Once you have those files with the wanted content, just launch ansible-playbook:
ansible-playbook builder.yaml -e @local_env/1under.yaml \ -e @local_env/master.yaml \ -e @local_env/podman.yaml \ -e @local_env/patches.yaml \ -t lab
For now, there are still a “small” issue with podman, as apparently some containers want to load kernel modules, and this action require elevated privileges as well as the absence of selinux separation. I’m currently working on the removal of those nasty calls, at least for the known modules coming from kolla.
Another row of patches are being prepared in order to load them from within tripleo-heat-templates instead, as a “host_prep_tasks”. I just need to make those modules persistent across reboots - for now it’s not the case with the current set of patches.
But in the end, it should all work as expected :). The kolla thing isn’t 100% necessary, as the “modprobe” command is smart enough to NOT try to reload an already loaded module, so if we load it from the host before the container starts, we’re safe, but still. Not having modprobe calls from withing official containers is a good thing.
Happy hacking ;).