Hello, Recently I've been asked to implement Python side of a simple feature: before deployment tell the UI user that network verification for current cluster configuration has not been performed. Moreover, on the UI side it's possible to do network checking on usaved cluster data -- in that case treat is as no network checking was performed. Unfortunately it turned out to be not at all that simple to implement on the backend and I'll try to explain why.
I ended up with the implementation  that added a tri-valued flag to the Cluster model. What's surprising I got stuck at the idempotency test of network configuration: I've sent a GET request on network config, then sent a PUT with the received data and asserted that nothing changed. What's strange in about 1/4 cases this test failed because some ips got assigned differently. I wasn't able to explain why (I had other tasks to do and this one was somewhat of a side-project). BTW, it turned out that we have at least 2 functions that are used to deeply compare 2 objects, both unnecessary IMHO as there are 3rd party libs for this, like . Another issue was that network configuration PUT returns a task while actually there is no asynchronicity there at all, it's just a huge validator that executes everything synchronously. This was already heavily commented in  and it's proposed to remove that task completely. Moreover Nova and Neutron backends returned different statuses albeit their verification code was almost the same. A unification of these 2 handlers was proposed in . Another issue is that we have to somehow invalidate the flag that says cluster verification is done. It is not difficult to overwrite the save method for Cluster so that any change in cluster invalidates network checking. But it's not that simple. First of all -- not all cluster's changes should invalidate the network checking. Second -- not only cluster changes invalidate that -- adding nodes to cluster, for example, invalidates network checking too. Adding triggers all over the code that check this don't seem to be a good solution. So what I proposed is to instead of having a simple flag like in  to actually store the whole JSON object with serialized network configuration. The UI, upon deployment, will ask the API about cluster and there we will return an additional key called 'network_status_check' that is 'failed', 'passed' or 'not_performed'. The API will determine that flag by getting that saved JSON object and comparing it with a freshly serialized object. This way we don't need to alter the flag upon save or anything, we just compute if it was changed on demand. I guess this change grew out so big that it requires a blueprint and can be done for 7.0. The feature can be implemented on the UI side only that covers most (but not all of) the problems and is "good enough" for 6.1.  https://review.openstack.org/153556  https://review.openstack.org/#/c/137642/15/nailgun/nailgun/api/v1/handlers/network_configuration.py  https://github.com/inveniosoftware/dictdiffer P. __________________________________________________________________________ OpenStack Development Mailing List (not for usage questions) Unsubscribe: openstack-dev-requ...@lists.openstack.org?subject:unsubscribe http://lists.openstack.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/openstack-dev