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Interop Working Group Commandments

Interop Working Group Specific Commandments

  • [D300] When adding tests to "flagged" lists, generally only the most current Board-approved .json file and the .next.json file should be modified. There is no need to modify older Guidelines unless the most current Board-approved Guideline doesn't cover the OpenStack release you are concerned with.

  • [D301] The "tests" lists in the .json capabilities lists are immutable once approved by the Board. Therefore if you desire to flag a test, in an approved capability list, add a "flagged" block to the test. Do _not remove it from the "tests" section.

  • [D302] If a Capability is found to not meet the Core Criteria after the Board has approved a Guideline, the corresponding tests should have a "flagged" block added to the relevant tests in the "tests" section of the relevant Board-approved Guidelines.

    • See [D307] and [D309] for details about format requirements.
    • See [D308] for conditions on also adding to the .next.json.
  • [D303] Tests that are found to inadequately test the underlying Capability due to bugs or design flaws, should have a "flagged" block added to the section for the test in the "tests" section of the most recent Board-approved Guideline.

  • [D304] Before the Board approves the capabilities listed in the .next.json file, a committee member will submit a patch that copies the .next.json file to an appropriately named new file, updates the "status", "replaces", and "id" fields, and updates the "required-since" field within newly required capabilities. The patch should include the matching generated RST version of the JSON file. This patch should be marked as -1 workflow until after approval.

  • [D305] Interop Guidelines generally cover the most recent three releases of OpenStack, though the Interop Working Group has the power to determine otherwise. The "releases" section of the .next.json file should generally be updated shortly after the Board approves a release so that contributors can see what releases the proposed Guideline targets.

  • [D306] When modifying "comment" and "guidance" sections, refer to definitions and processes found in the "process" directory of the repository rather than duplicating or restating them. This helps us avoid the appearance of having multiple sources of truth.

  • [D307] When adding a "flagged" section to a json file, all fields listed in the relevant schema document for the "flagged" section are required.

  • [D308] If the reason for adding a "flagged" block is not expected to be resolved before the next Guideline is submitted to tbe Board for approval, then matching entries should also be made in the .next.json Guideline.

  • [D309] The "reason" field of the "flagged" section must begin with the flag type. For example:

    "reason" : "[D400] The Foo test doesn't meet Core Criteria because ..."

  • [D310] If you believe a test needs to be flagged but the reason for doing so doesn't appear in the list below, you must do the following:

    1. Submit the test for flagging using [D404] as the flag type. Please also provide the reason you believe this test needs to be flagged; see [D309] above for details. [D404] indicates that you are uncertain about which flag to use or believe that a new reason for considering flags needs to be discussed. [D404] is only a placeholder to facilitate this discussion.
    2. In that same proposed change, also submit a patch against the HACKING file adding your proposed new flag to the list below.
    3. If at all possible, please include a link to code and/or test runs which demonstrate the reason a new flag type is needed.
    4. The Interop Working Group will discuss and consider the flagging proposal as well as the proposed new reason. They may accept or decline either proposal.
  • [D311] Once a test has been flagged, it will remain flagged for that Guideline.

  • [D312] When a new Guideline is proposed for Board approval, no flagged tests will be included in the Guideline. Flags will be added in subsequent patches.

Interop Working Group Test Flagging Guidelines

The Interoper Working Group may "flag" tests to mark them as not required for a given Guideline. There are different flag types; each flag type indicates a fairly narrow category of reasons for flagging a given test.

Valid reasons for flagging a test are limited to the following:

  • [D400] The test is for a Capability that fails to meet the Criteria as set out in the Core Criteria document.
  • [D401] The test fails or is skipped due to a bug in the test and the bug is accepted by the OpenStack project which maintains the test.
  • [D402] The test fails or is skipped due to a bug in the code that provides the Capability and the bug is accepted by the OpenStack project which maintains the Capability.
  • [D403] The test fails because other non-required Capabilities are also tested.
  • [D404] Flag Not Found - Use this flag if none of the others fit.
  • [D405] The test reflects an implementation choice that is not widely deployed even if the Capability is widely deployed.
  • [D406] Test removed permanently from test suite.

To file a flag request for a test, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you have a development environment set up accoring to the Developer's Guide.

  2. Clone the defcore repo by running:

    $ git clone
  3. Open the relevant Guideline or Guidelines in your favorite text editor and locate the tests you want to flag.

  4. Add a flag block to the test using the rationale above. For example, if I want to flag this test:

    "tempest.api.compute.servers.test_list_server_filters.ListServerFiltersTestJSON.test_list_servers_filtered_by_ip": {
       "idempotent_id": "id-43a1242e-7b31-48d1-88f2-3f72aa9f2077"

    I might modify the section to read:

    "tempest.api.compute.servers.test_list_server_filters.ListServerFiltersTestJSON.test_list_servers_filtered_by_ip": {
       "idempotent_id": "id-43a1242e-7b31-48d1-88f2-3f72aa9f2077",
       "flagged": {
         "date": "2016-06-13",
         "reason": "[D401] This test is skipped by Tempest due to bug",
         "action": "Remove flag when Tempest fix is in place."
  5. Once you've saved your changes, commit the change locally:

    $ git commit -a

    Be sure to write a useful commit message explaining your change.

  6. Push the change to gerrit, where your request can be reviewed:

    $ git review

Please note that if you're having trouble setting up a development environment, you can also talk to the OpenStack Foundation's Interoperability Engineer <> or contact the Interop Working Group (formerly DefCore Committee) via email <>. We'll be happy to try to assist you or help file a request on your behalf.