Over the last month or so I’ve been working on producing snap packages for a variety of OpenStack components. Snaps provide a new fully isolated, cross-distribution packaging paradigm which in the case of Python is much more aligned to how Python projects manage their dependencies.
Alongside work on Nova, Neutron, Glance and Keystone snaps (which I’ll blog about later), we’ve also published snaps for end-user tools such as the OpenStack clients, Tempest and Rally.
If you’re running on Ubuntu 16.04 its really simple to install and use the openstackclients snap:
sudo snap install --edge --classic openstackclients
right now, you’ll also need to enable snap command aliases for all of the clients the snap provides:
ls -1 /snap/bin/openstackclients.* | cut -f 2 -d . | xargs sudo snap alias openstackclients
after doing this, you’ll have all of the client tools aligned to the OpenStack Newton release available for use on your install:
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The snap is currently aligned to the Newton OpenStack release; the intent is to publish snaps aligned to each OpenStack release using the series support that’s planned for snaps – so you’ll be able to pick clients appropriate for any supported OpenStack release or for the current development release.
You can check out the source for the snap on github; writing a snap package for a Python project is pretty simple, as it makes use of the standard pip tooling to describe dependencies and install Python modules. Kudos to the snapcraft team who have done a great job on the Python plugin.
Let us know what you think by reporting bugs or by dropping into #openstack-snaps on Freenode IRC!