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Imaging Hot Sauce


Modular image builder for imaging awesomeness!


  1. Make it easy to create EC2 style images (root, kernel, ramdisk like)
  2. Allow for vsing varying sources of those images (right now just a tarball of a installed / partition)
  3. Make it easy to add in custom logic on-top of those images via a modular set of python code that you can easily extend
  4. Keep it small, sane, clean and flexible


  1. Needs love and tender care (it is mostly a prototype)

Default modules

  1. add_user (adds a given set of sudo users)
  2. install_rpms (installs a list of rpm packages) ...
  3. Your imagination...


$ sudo python ./ -s 4G

To add users make a yaml like the following:

$ cat build.yaml 

# Which modules should be ran (in order)
  - install-rpms
  - add_user

# Enable this if you wish to install
# any users info into the image (ie for testing).
   - harlowja


Then run:

$ sudo python ./  -s 4G -o blah.tar.gz -x

Adding your own module

To add your own module create a file in the modules folder with a function of the following format:

def modify(name, root, cfg):

The name that is passed in will be the module name (from configuration) with the root variable being the root directory of the mounted image (useful for chroot) or other file alterations and the cfg variable will be the build configuration dictionary (useful for extracting any module configuration specifics)

Then save this file with a given name, ie, and then to get this module to be activated add it to the modules list in the build.yaml file with the name xyz and then go ahead and build your image.

Note: If this module errors out (or other modules do the same) the image will not be successfully built so use this method to stop image building (ie by throwing exceptions).

Using your image

To upload this image, take the image-upload tool in anvil (or use the glance-client itself, either or) and provide it the url of your file, for example given a archive at /homes/harlowja/blah.tar.gz you would upload this via the following command.

$ python tools/  -i file://///homes/harlowja/blah.tar.gz 
                                -g $GLANCE_URI -k $KEYSTONE_URI 
                                -u $YOUR_USER -t $YOUR_TENANT

Using the image-upload tool will go through the nitty gritty of extracting that image and connecting the pieces together to form a useable image in openstack. You can of course do the same with the glance-client (although you will have to know the special invocations to achieve the same effect as the image-upload tool performs).

Note: The image produced should also be easily useable in amazon (if someone ever gets around to trying that...).