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Automatically generate configuration tables to document OpenStack.

Dependencies: python-git (at least version 0.3.2 RC1), oslo.config, openstack-doc-tools

Setting up your environment

Note: This tool is best run in a fresh VM environment, as running it requires installing the dependencies of the particular OpenStack product you are working with. Installing all of that on your normal machine could leave you with a bunch of cruft!

First install git and python-pip,

$ sudo apt-get install git python-pip

next, install oslo.config and GitPython

$ sudo pip install oslo.config "GitPython>=0.3.2.RC1"

then, checkout the repository you are working with:

$ git clone

(this guide makes reference to a /repos directory, so you should record the directory you are using and replace as appropriate below)

and the tool itself:

$ git clone

and finally, the dependencies for the product you are working with:

$ sudo pip install -r nova/requirements.txt

Now you are ready to use the tool.

Using the tool

This tool is divided into three parts:

  1. Extraction of flags names eg

    $ openstack-doc-tools/autogenerate-config-docs/ --action create -i nova.flagmappings -o names --path /repos/nova

  2. Grouping of flags

This is currently done manually, by using the flag name file and placing a category after a space.


 $ head flagmappings/glance.flagmappings
 admin\_password registry
 admin\_role api
 admin\_tenant\_name registry
 admin\_user registry
  1. Creation of docbook-formatted configuration table files


$ openstack-doc-tools/autogenerate-config-docs/ --action create -i nova.flagmappings -o docbook --path /repos/nova

A worked example - updating the docs for H2

update automatically generated tables - from scratch

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install git python-pip python-dev
$ sudo pip install git-review GitPython
$ git clone git://
$ git clone git://
$ cd openstack-manuals/
$ git review -d 35726
$ cd tools/autogenerate-config-flagmappings

Now, cloning and installing requirements for nova, glance, quantum

$ for i in nova glance quantum; do git clone git://$i.git; done
$ for i in nova glance quantum; do sudo pip install -r $i/requirements.txt; done

This missed some requirements for nova, which were fixed by:

$ sudo pip install python-glanceclient websockify pyasn1 python-cinderclient error_util
$ sudo apt-get install python-ldap python-lxml

Making the flag names update

../../openstack-doc-tools/autogenerate-config/ -vvv --action update -i nova.flagmappings -o names --path ~/nova | more

At this point, seach through for anything labelled Unknown and fix, once that is done use:

../../openstack-doc-tools/autogenerate-config/ -vvv --action create -i nova.flagmappings -o docbook --path ~/nova

to generate the XML files and move those into the appropriate part ofthe git repo