Ansible Modules Collection for using OpenStack
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OpenStack Ansible Modules

These are a set of modules for interacting with the OpenStack API as either an admin or an end user.

Naming

  • This is a collection named openstack.cloud. There is no need for further namespace prefixing.
  • Name any module that a cloud consumer would expect to use after the logical resource it manages: server not nova. This naming convention acknowledges that the end user does not care which service manages the resource - that is a deployment detail. For example cloud consumers may not know whether their floating IPs are managed by Nova or Neutron.

Interface

  • If the resource being managed has an id, it should be returned.
  • If the resource being managed has an associated object more complex than an id, it should also be returned.
  • Return format shall be a dictionary or list

Interoperability

  • It should be assumed that the cloud consumer does not know details about the deployment choices their cloud provider made. A best effort should be made to present one sane interface to the Ansible user regardless of deployer choices.
  • It should be assumed that a user may have more than one cloud account that they wish to combine as part of a single Ansible-managed infrastructure.
  • All modules should work appropriately against all existing versions of OpenStack regardless of upstream EOL status. The reason for this is that the Ansible modules are for consumers of cloud APIs who are not in a position to impact what version of OpenStack their cloud provider is running. It is known that there are OpenStack Public Clouds running rather old versions of OpenStack, but from a user point of view the Ansible modules can still support these users without impacting use of more modern versions.

Libraries

  • All modules should use OpenStackModule from ansible_collections.openstack.cloud.plugins.module_utils.openstack as their base class.
  • All modules should include extends_documentation_fragment: openstack.
  • All complex cloud interaction or interoperability code should be housed in the openstacksdk library.
  • All OpenStack API interactions should happen via the openstackSDK and not via OpenStack Client libraries. The OpenStack Client libraries do no have end users as a primary audience, they are for intra-server communication.
  • All modules should be registered in meta/action_groups.yml for enabling the variables to be set in group level.

Testing