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About otc-tools (deprecated)
This is the otc tool for using the Open Telekom Cloud APIs.  It is a simple
demonstrator using shell/curl/jq to use the OpenTelekomCloud's OpenStack and
OTC specific REST interfaces.  It is used for testing by the OTC engineering
team and can be used as a blueprint for own tooling. Unlike the more
extensive tools, this one does not pull in a load of dependencies.

Prefix any command by --debug to observe the REST calls being made.

otc-tools is NOT recommended for production use. We do fix bugs that get
reported to us and do accept contributions (pull requests / patches) if they
meet our standards, but we do not actively develop this tool any further
except for internal needs.

For production use, we recommend using the native OpenStack python client tools
(python-openstackclient) with the plugins from python-otcextensions that
implement OTC specific functions. This is also what we preinstall on our latest
public Linux images.
It's also still possible to use the older service specific client tools (such
as python-novaclient etc.) and complement this by python-otcclient or
otc-tools, but that is deprecated now. All of the OTC-specific tools can be
found on github/OpenTelekomCloud.

Of course higher level tools, such as heat, ansible or terraform are a good
choice for automation. For a more programmatic approach, use openstacksdk
(and shade).

The otc-tools repository (and package) also has two wrappers for openSSH, and that allow you to specify source/targets by
VM name or VM UUID instead of IP address. It uses to resolve name/ID
to IP address behind the scenes (and has some cleverness to know which IP
to use in case of several IPs and to chose an EIP if needed).

Set your OpenStack environment (OS_ variables) just like you do for the native
OpenStack clients (typically by sourcing a ~/.ostackrc or ~/novarc or ~/.openrc
file). The minimum set is OS_USERNAME, OS_USER_DOMAIN_NAME (could be derived from
OS_USERNAME for MyWorkplace users), OS_PASSWORD, OS_PROJECT_NAME (eu-de), and

Optionally, you can also set some additional defaults on by editing
it and copying it into your home as ~/

When managing multipe OTC domains, you may create ~/.ostackrc.SUFFIX and
~/.s3rc.SUFFIX and set OTC_DOMAIN=SUFFIX to make otc read these files.

Syntax for is: [--global opts] COMMANDGROUP COMMAND [--command opts] [CMDPOSPARAM]

Please have a look the file and look at the output from help
-- this provides sufficient information to get doing. also supports help COMMANDGROUP to provide only the help section that is specific to
the command group. relies on a GNU date, so if you are running it on MacOS X, please install
GNU date by running `brew install gdate` and make it first in the PATH:
`ln -sf /usr/local/bin/gdate /usr/local/bin/date`

This tool does not try to cover all functionality of OTC. Rather it tries to
be a demo and test tool for many functions; it however does fill in some gaps
where the OTC API is extended or different from the standard OpenStack API,
so feel free to use it here and contribute to fill gaps you care about. There
is a small, but active community on

The OpenStack REST API has paginated interfaces to allow the consumers to
control how large a response may get. Since 0.7.6, otc-tools is using this
feature to avoid exceeding the maximum response sizes on OTC. (The API gateway
limits responses to a few hundred kB).
So otc-tools ends up doing a few REST calls in case you request large amounts
of data, such as ecs list when you have hundreds of VMs.

You can control API limits using --limit= and --marker= options if you want
to manually control the amount of information. You can also use --maxgetkb=
to override the default API response limit (250kiB) when relying on

The command line parser is not overly smart.
The general syntax is: [GLOBALOPTS] maincmd subcmd [LOCALOPTS] [POSPARAMS]
See help for full help and maincmd help for help on a specific
set of commands.

Note that for most commands that have positional parameters, the command
specific options (LOCALOPTS) need to precede the positional parameters. does not do any kind of version discovery, but just assumes support
for all commands that public OTC offers. This reduces complexity and
increases performance, and is a deliberate choice. It does however use
the service catalog from keystone to determine all the endoints.

Some of's functions will work with other OpenStack clouds; for
testing, even some keystonev2 support has been added. But this is not at
all meant to have production quality for any non-FusionSphere clouds.

Output formatting
otc tools tries to output things in a human readable format. It has three basic

* The list format: It creates a table with columns that are separated by 3 spaces.
  Several values in a field are separated by one space (or a colon for ip:port
  and for vmid:device). The first three columns are standardized, first is the
  ID of the resource, second the name, third the status (if reported), then
  further information (size, AZ, relations, ...) is appended.
  There can be an optional header (explaining the column contents) which starts
  with a '#'.
  This format is returned by list and details subcommands and is supposed to be 
  parsed by humans.
  (Exception: When new services are implemented, I may just output JSON before
   I decide on a good list format.)
* The JSON format: The REST calls return JSON objects of course and jq is used
  to present a nicely formatted represntation of the object. The JSON can be
  further passed.
* The long running requests report the TASKID. With --nowait, this is the
  last output. Otherwise, the resource ID will be output last. By default the 
  task status will onlybe queried until the resource ID is known; with --wait, will wait for the task to complete. There are some intermediate
  task status updates and waiting dots in between.

This has been tidied up for otc-tools-0.7 and should be more usable and less
fragile now. Nevertheless, this tool is not yet mature enough that we commit
to not break the output format here yet -- a future version might well provide
switches to control the output. Pull requests are welcome :-)

Custom commands
New in otc-tools-0.7.0, we support custom commands using
You can reference variables by using \$BASEURL \$CINDER_URL \$OS_PROJECT_ID.
These are not standardized and well-documented yet (except for the OS_ ones
which are the normal OpenStack environment). You'll need to check the source
code. But the most important ones you already know now ...
If you start the URL with a / (instead of http[s], \$BASEURL will be prepended.
There is an optional --jqfilter FILTERSTRING.
By default, the output from the REST call is passed through jq -r '.'.
You can replace this with --jqfilter '' which results in no processing.
Or you pass a string like --jqfilter '.servers[] | .id+\"   \"'.
Note the quoting for \".

Note that in this mode, really does not much more than curl except for
handling the tokens and providing the variables like \$CINDER_URL from the
catalog. The option --paginate ARRNM however might be handy for custom GET.
(Current implementation for --paginate is somewhat inflexible in that it
assumes records smaller than ~4k and you need to specify the array name from
the JSON response. This will improve in a future version.)

Return codes
Some work has been done in the 0.7.x series to tidy up the return of response
codes; so should really have a non-zero exit code if there were serious

Token cache
----------- does cache tokens (and the service catalog) in
(for project-scoped tokens; domain-scoped tokens are without .$OS_PROJECT_NAME). ensures these files have safe permission (0600), but if your home
directory gets shared or backed up in unsafe ways, you might need to take
addtitional caution. Note that tokens are normally valid for 24hrs on OTC.
You can use the --nocache global option to not use the token cache.
If you have trouble with existing cache entries you might also
use --discardcache to force to retrieve a new token (and store it).

Note that you can force the usage of domain-scoped tokens using --domainscope,
project-scoped tokens using --projectscope and unscoped using --unscoped. normally knows what kind of token is needed for which command, but
for the custom functions the default (project scoped tokens) may not always

The token cache was introduced in 0.8.0 ot otc-tools.

Packages (RPMs/DEBs) on open Build Service home:garloff:OTC

A docker container image 
is available on dockerhub.

You can of course also just grab this script from github; please install
curl and jq to make it work; optionally also s3 (libs3/libs3-4).


(Deprecated) Simple bash/curl/jq based command line tool using the OpenStack and OTC specific REST APIs.





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