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README.rst

Open edX Devstack Travis

Get up and running quickly with Open edX services.

If you are seeking info on the Vagrant-based devstack, please see https://openedx.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/OpenOPS/pages/60227787/Running+Vagrant-based+Devstack. This project is meant to replace the traditional Vagrant-based devstack with a multi-container approach driven by Docker Compose. It is still in the beta testing phase.

Updated Documentation

These docs might be out of date. Please see the updated docs at https://edx.readthedocs.io/projects/edx-installing-configuring-and-running/en/latest/installation/index.html.

Support

Tickets or issues should be filed in Jira under the platform project: https://openedx.atlassian.net/projects/PLAT/issues

FYI

You should run all make commands described below on your local machine, not from within a VM (virtualenvs are ok, and in fact recommended) as these commands are for standing up a new docker based VM.

Prerequisites

This project requires Docker 17.06+ CE. We recommend Docker Stable, but Docker Edge should work as well.

NOTE: Switching between Docker Stable and Docker Edge will remove all images and settings. Don't forget to restore your memory setting and be prepared to provision.

For macOS users, please use Docker for Mac. Previous Mac-based tools (e.g. boot2docker) are not supported.

Docker for Windows may work but has not been tested and is not supported.

Linux users should not be using the overlay storage driver. overlay2 is tested and supported, but requires kernel version 4.0+. Check which storage driver your docker-daemon is configured to use:

docker info | grep -i 'storage driver'

You will also need the following installed:

  • make
  • python pip (optional for MacOS)

Using the Latest Images

New images for our services are published frequently. Assuming that you've followed the steps in Getting Started below, run the following sequence of commands if you want to use the most up-to-date versions of the devstack images.

make down
make pull
make dev.up

This will stop any running devstack containers, pull the latest images, and then start all of the devstack containers.

Getting Started

All of the services can be run by following the steps below. For analyticstack, follow Getting Started on Analytics.

NOTE: Since a Docker-based devstack runs many containers, you should configure Docker with a sufficient amount of resources. We find that configuring Docker for Mac with a minimum of 2 CPUs and 6GB of memory works well.

  1. Install the requirements inside of a Python virtualenv.

    make requirements
  2. The Docker Compose file mounts a host volume for each service's executing code. The host directory defaults to be a sibling of this directory. For example, if this repo is cloned to ~/workspace/devstack, host volumes will be expected in ~/workspace/course-discovery, ~/workspace/ecommerce, etc. These repos can be cloned with the command below.

    make dev.clone

    You may customize where the local repositories are found by setting the DEVSTACK_WORKSPACE environment variable.

    Be sure to share the cloned directories in the Docker -> Preferences... -> File Sharing box.

  3. Pull any changes made to the various images on which the devstack depends.

    make pull
  4. Run the provision command, if you haven't already, to configure the various services with superusers (for development without the auth service) and tenants (for multi-tenancy).

    NOTE: When running the provision command, databases for ecommerce and edxapp will be dropped and recreated.

    The username and password for the superusers are both edx. You can access the services directly via Django admin at the /admin/ path, or login via single sign-on at /login/.

    Default:

    make dev.provision

    Provision using docker-sync:

    make dev.sync.provision

    This is expected to take a while, produce a lot of output from a bunch of steps, and finally end with Provisioning complete!

  5. Start the services. This command will mount the repositories under the DEVSTACK_WORKSPACE directory.

    NOTE: it may take up to 60 seconds for the LMS to start, even after the make dev.up command outputs done.

    Default:

    make dev.up

    Start using docker-sync:

    make dev.sync.up

After the services have started, if you need shell access to one of the services, run make <service>-shell. For example to access the Catalog/Course Discovery Service, you can run:

make discovery-shell

To see logs from containers running in detached mode, you can either use "Kitematic" (available from the "Docker for Mac" menu), or by running the following:

make logs

To view the logs of a specific service container run make <service>-logs. For example, to access the logs for Ecommerce, you can run:

make ecommerce-logs

To reset your environment and start provisioning from scratch, you can run:

make destroy

For information on all the available make commands, you can run:

make help

Usernames and Passwords

The provisioning script creates a Django superuser for every service.

Email: edx@example.com
Username: edx
Password: edx

The LMS also includes demo accounts. The passwords for each of these accounts is edx.

Username Email
audit audit@example.com
honor honor@example.com
staff staff@example.com
verified verified@example.com

Getting Started on Analytics

Analyticstack can be run by following the steps below.

NOTE: Since a Docker-based devstack runs many containers, you should configure Docker with a sufficient amount of resources. We find that configuring Docker for Mac with a minimum of 2 CPUs and 6GB of memory works well for analyticstack. If you intend on running other docker services besides analyticstack ( e.g. lms, studio etc ) consider setting higher memory.

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 from Getting Started section.

  2. Before running the provision command, make sure to pull the relevant docker images from dockerhub by running the following commands:

    make pull
    make pull.analytics_pipeline
  3. Run the provision command to configure the analyticstack.

    make dev.provision.analytics_pipeline
  4. Start the analytics service. This command will mount the repositories under the DEVSTACK_WORKSPACE directory.

    NOTE: it may take up to 60 seconds for Hadoop services to start.

    make dev.up.analytics_pipeline
  5. To access the analytics pipeline shell, run the following command. All analytics pipeline job/workflows should be executed after accessing the shell.

    make analytics-pipeline-shell
    • To see logs from containers running in detached mode, you can either use "Kitematic" (available from the "Docker for Mac" menu), or by running the following command:

      make logs
    • To view the logs of a specific service container run make <service>-logs. For example, to access the logs for Hadoop's namenode, you can run:

      make namenode-logs
    • To reset your environment and start provisioning from scratch, you can run:

      make destroy

      NOTE: Be warned! This will remove all the containers and volumes initiated by this repository and all the data ( in these docker containers ) will be lost.

    • For information on all the available make commands, you can run:

      make help
  6. For running acceptance tests on docker analyticstack, follow the instructions in the Running analytics acceptance tests in docker guide.

  7. For troubleshooting docker analyticstack, follow the instructions in the Troubleshooting docker analyticstack guide.

Service URLs

Each service is accessible at localhost on a specific port. The table below provides links to the homepage of each service. Since some services are not meant to be user-facing, the "homepage" may be the API root.

Service URL
Credentials http://localhost:18150/api/v2/
Catalog/Discovery http://localhost:18381/api-docs/
E-Commerce/Otto http://localhost:18130/dashboard/
LMS http://localhost:18000/
Notes/edx-notes-api http://localhost:18120/api/v1/
Studio/CMS http://localhost:18010/

Useful Commands

Sometimes you may need to restart a particular application server. To do so, simply use the docker-compose restart command:

docker-compose restart <service>

<service> should be replaced with one of the following:

  • credentials
  • discovery
  • ecommerce
  • lms
  • edx_notes_api
  • studio

If you'd like to add some convenience make targets, you can add them to a local.mk file, ignored by git.

Payments

The ecommerce image comes pre-configured for payments via CyberSource and PayPal. Additionally, the provisioning scripts add the demo course (course-v1:edX+DemoX+Demo_Course) to the ecommerce catalog. You can initiate a checkout by visiting http://localhost:18130/basket/add/?sku=8CF08E5 or clicking one of the various upgrade links in the LMS. The following details can be used for checkout. While the name and address fields are required for credit card payments, their values are not checked in development, so put whatever you want in those fields.

  • Card Type: Visa
  • Card Number: 4111111111111111
  • CVN: 123 (or any three digits)
  • Expiry Date: 06/2025 (or any date in the future)

PayPal (same for username and password): devstack@edx.org

Marketing Site

Docker Compose files useful for integrating with the edx.org marketing site are available. This will NOT be useful to those outside of edX. For details on getting things up and running, see https://openedx.atlassian.net/wiki/display/OpenDev/Marketing+Site.

How do I develop on an installed Python package?

If you want to modify an installed package – for instance edx-enterprise or completion – clone the repository in ~/workspace/src/your-package. Next, ssh into the appropriate docker container (make lms-shell), run pip install -e /edx/src/your-package, and restart the service.

How do I build images?

There are Docker CI Jenkins jobs on tools-edx-jenkins that build and push new Docker images to DockerHub on code changes to either the configuration repository or the IDA's codebase. These images are tagged according to the branch from which they were built (see NOTES below). If you want to build the images on your own, the Dockerfiles are available in the edx/configuration repo.

NOTES:

  1. edxapp and IDAs use the latest tag for configuration changes which have been merged to master branch of their repository and edx/configuration.
  2. Images for a named Open edX release are built from the corresponding branch of each repository and tagged appropriately, for example hawthorn.master or hawthorn.rc1.
  3. The elasticsearch used in devstack is built using elasticsearch-devstack/Dockerfile and the devstack tag.

BUILD COMMANDS:

git checkout master
git pull
docker build -f docker/build/edxapp/Dockerfile . -t edxops/edxapp:latest
git checkout master
git pull
docker build -f docker/build/ecommerce/Dockerfile . -t edxops/ecommerce:devstack

The build commands above will use your local configuration, but will pull application code from the master branch of the application's repository. If you would like to use code from another branch/tag/hash, modify the *_VERSION variable that lives in the ansible_overrides.yml file beside the Dockerfile. Note that edx-platform is an exception; the variable to modify is edx_platform_version and not EDXAPP_VERSION.

For example, if you wanted to build tag release-2017-03-03 for the E-Commerce Service, you would modify ECOMMERCE_VERSION in docker/build/ecommerce/ansible_overrides.yml.

How do I run the images for a named Open edX release?

  1. Set the OPENEDX_RELEASE environment variable to the appropriate image tag; "hawthorn.master", "zebrawood.rc1", etc. Note that unlike a server install, OPENEDX_RELEASE should not have the "open-release/" prefix.
  2. Use make dev.checkout to check out the correct branch in the local checkout of each service repository once you've set the OPENEDX_RELEASE environment variable above.
  3. make pull to get the correct images.

All make target and docker-compose calls should now use the correct images until you change or unset OPENEDX_RELEASE again. To work on the master branches and latest images, unset OPENEDX_RELEASE or set it to an empty string.

How do I create database dumps?

We use database dumps to speed up provisioning and generally spend less time running migrations. These dumps should be updated occasionally - when database migrations take a prolonged amount of time or we want to incorporate changes that require manual intervention.

To update the database dumps:

  1. Destroy and/or backup the data for your existing devstack so that you start with a clean slate.
  2. Disable the loading of the existing database dumps during provisioning by commenting out any calls to load-db.sh in the provisioning scripts. This disabling ensures a start with a completely fresh database and incorporates any changes that may have required some form of manual intervention for existing installations (e.g. drop/move tables).
  3. Provision devstack with make provision.
  4. Dump the databases and open a pull request with your updates:
./dump-db.sh ecommerce
./dump-db.sh edxapp
./dump-db.sh edxapp_csmh

How do I keep my database up to date?

You can run Django migrations as normal to apply any changes recently made to the database schema for a particular service. For example, to run migrations for LMS, enter a shell via make lms-shell and then run:

paver update_db

Alternatively, you can discard and rebuild the entire database for all devstack services by re-running make dev.provision or make dev.sync.provision as appropriate for your configuration. Note that if your branch has fallen significantly behind master, it may not include all of the migrations included in the database dump used by provisioning. In these cases, it's usually best to first rebase the branch onto master to get the missing migrations.

How do I access a database shell?

To access a MySQL or Mongo shell, run the following commands, respectively:

make mysql-shell
mysql
make mongo-shell
mongo

How do I make migrations?

Log into the LMS shell, source the edxapp virtualenv, and run the makemigrations command with the devstack_docker settings:

make lms-shell
source /edx/app/edxapp/edxapp_env
cd /edx/app/edxapp/edx-platform
./manage.py <lms/cms> makemigrations <appname> --settings=devstack_docker

Also, make sure you are aware of the Django Migration Don'ts as the edx-platform is deployed using the red-black method.

How do I upgrade Node.JS packages?

JavaScript packages for Node.js are installed into the node_modules directory of the local git repository checkout which is synced into the corresponding Docker container. Hence these can be upgraded via any of the usual methods for that service (npm install, paver install_node_prereqs, etc.), and the changes will persist between container restarts.

How do I upgrade Python packages?

Unlike the node_modules directory, the virtualenv used to run Python code in a Docker container only exists inside that container. Changes made to a container's filesystem are not saved when the container exits, so if you manually install or upgrade Python packages in a container (via pip install, paver install_python_prereqs, etc.), they will no longer be present if you restart the container. (Devstack Docker containers lose changes made to the filesystem when you reboot your computer, run make down, restart or upgrade Docker itself, etc.) If you want to ensure that your new or upgraded packages are present in the container every time it starts, you have a few options:

  • Merge your updated requirements files and wait for a new edxops Docker image for that service to be built and uploaded to Docker Hub. You can then download and use the updated image (for example, via make pull). The discovery and edxapp images are buit automatically via a Jenkins job. All other images are currently built as needed by edX employees, but will soon be built automatically on a regular basis. See How do I build images? for more information.
  • You can update your requirements files as appropriate and then build your own updated image for the service as described above, tagging it such that docker-compose will use it instead of the last image you downloaded. (Alternatively, you can temporarily edit docker-compose.yml to replace the image entry for that service with the ID of your new image.) You should be sure to modify the variable override for the version of the application code used for building the image. See How do I build images?. for more information.
  • You can temporarily modify the main service command in docker-compose.yml to first install your new package(s) each time the container is started. For example, the part of the studio command which reads ...&& while true; do... could be changed to ...&& pip install my-new-package && while true; do....
  • In order to work on locally pip-installed repos like edx-ora2, first clone them into ../src (relative to this directory). Then, inside your lms shell, you can pip install -e /edx/src/edx-ora2. If you want to keep this code installed across stop/starts, modify docker-compose.yml as mentioned above.

How do I rebuild static assets?

Optimized static assets are built for all the Open edX services during provisioning, but you may want to rebuild them for a particular service after changing some files without re-provisioning the entire devstack. To do this, run the make target for the appropriate service. For example:

make credentials-static

To rebuild static assets for all service containers:

make static

Switching branches

You can usually switch branches on a service's repository without adverse effects on a running container for it. The service in each container is using runserver and should automatically reload when any changes are made to the code on disk. However, note the points made above regarding database migrations and package updates.

When switching to a branch which differs greatly from the one you've been working on (especially if the new branch is more recent), you may wish to halt the existing containers via make down, pull the latest Docker images via make pull, and then re-run make dev.provision or make dev.sync.provision in order to recreate up-to-date databases, static assets, etc.

If making a patch to a named release, you should pull and use Docker images which were tagged for that release.

Changing LMS/CMS settings

The LMS and CMS read many configuration settings from the container filesystem in the following locations:

  • /edx/app/edxapp/lms.env.json
  • /edx/app/edxapp/lms.auth.json
  • /edx/app/edxapp/cms.env.json
  • /edx/app/edxapp/cms.auth.json

Changes to these files will not persist over a container restart, as they are part of the layered container filesystem and not a mounted volume. However, you may need to change these settings and then have the LMS or CMS pick up the changes.

To restart the LMS/CMS process without restarting the container, kill the LMS or CMS process and the watcher process will restart the process within the container. You can kill the needed processes from a shell within the LMS/CMS container with a single line of bash script:

LMS:

kill -9 $(ps aux | grep 'manage.py lms' | egrep -v 'while|grep' | awk '{print $2}')

CMS:

kill -9 $(ps aux | grep 'manage.py cms' | egrep -v 'while|grep' | awk '{print $2}')

From your host machine, you can also run make lms-restart or make studio-restart which run those commands in the containers for you.

PyCharm Integration

See the Pycharm Integration documentation.

devpi Caching

LMS and Studio use a devpi container to cache PyPI dependencies, which speeds up several Devstack operations. See the devpi documentation.

Debugging using PDB

It's possible to debug any of the containers' Python services using PDB. To do so, start up the containers as usual with:

make dev.up

This command starts each relevant container with the equivalent of the '--it' option, allowing a developer to attach to the process once the process is up and running.

To attach to the LMS/Studio containers and their process, use either:

make lms-attach
make studio-attach

Set a PDB breakpoint anywhere in the code using:

import pdb;pdb.set_trace()

and your attached session will offer an interactive PDB prompt when the breakpoint is hit.

To detach from the container, you'll need to stop the container with:

make stop

or a manual Docker command to bring down the container:

docker kill $(docker ps -a -q --filter="name=edx.devstack.<container name>")

Running LMS and Studio Tests

After entering a shell for the appropriate service via make lms-shell or make studio-shell, you can run any of the usual paver commands from the edx-platform testing documentation. Examples:

paver run_quality
paver test_a11y
paver test_bokchoy
paver test_js
paver test_lib
paver test_python

Tests can also be run individually. Example:

pytest openedx/core/djangoapps/user_api

Connecting to Browser

If you want to see the browser being automated for JavaScript or bok-choy tests, you can connect to the container running it via VNC.

Browser VNC connection
Firefox (Default) vnc://0.0.0.0:25900
Chrome (via Selenium) vnc://0.0.0.0:15900

On macOS, enter the VNC connection string in the address bar in Safari to connect via VNC. The VNC passwords for both browsers are randomly generated and logged at container startup, and can be found by running make vnc-passwords.

Most tests are run in Firefox by default. To use Chrome for tests that normally use Firefox instead, prefix the test command with SELENIUM_BROWSER=chrome SELENIUM_HOST=edx.devstack.chrome.

Running End-to-End Tests

To run the base set of end-to-end tests for edx-platform, run the following make target:

make e2e-tests

If you want to use some of the other testing options described in the edx-e2e-tests README, you can instead start a shell for the e2e container and run the tests manually via paver:

make e2e-shell
paver e2e_test --exclude="whitelabel\|enterprise"

The browser running the tests can be seen and interacted with via VNC as described above (Firefox is used by default).

Troubleshooting: General Tips

If you are having trouble with your containers, this sections contains some troubleshooting tips.

Check the logs

If a container stops unexpectedly, you can look at its logs for clues:

docker-compose logs lms

Update the code and images

Make sure you have the latest code and Docker images.

Pull the latest Docker images by running the following command from the devstack directory:

make pull

Pull the latest Docker Compose configuration and provisioning scripts by running the following command from the devstack directory:

git pull

Lastly, the images are built from the master branches of the application repositories (e.g. edx-platform, ecommerce, etc.). Make sure you are using the latest code from the master branches, or have rebased your branches on master.

Clean the containers

Sometimes containers end up in strange states and need to be rebuilt. Run make down to remove all containers and networks. This will NOT remove your data volumes.

Reset

Sometimes you just aren't sure what's wrong, if you would like to hit the reset button run make dev.reset.

Running this command will perform the following steps:

  • Bring down all containers
  • Reset all git repositories to the HEAD of master
  • Pull new images for all services
  • Compile static assets for all services
  • Run migrations for all services

It's good to run this before asking for help.

Start over

If you want to completely start over, run make destroy. This will remove all containers, networks, AND data volumes.

Resetting a database

In case you botched a migration or just want to start with a clean database.

  1. Open up the mysql shell and drop the database for the desired service:

    make mysql-shell
    mysql
    DROP DATABASE (insert database here)
    
  2. From your devstack directory, run the provision script for the service. The provision script should handle populating data such as Oauth clients and Open edX users and running migrations:

    ./provision-(service_name)
    

Troubleshooting: Common issues

File ownership change

If you notice that the ownership of some (maybe all) files have changed and you need to enter your root password when editing a file, you might have pulled changes to the remote repository from within a container. While running git pull, git changes the owner of the files that you pull to the user that runs that command. Within a container, that is the root user - so git operations should be ran outside of the container.

To fix this situation, change the owner back to yourself outside of the container by running:

$ sudo chown <user>:<group> -R .

Running LMS commands within a container

Most of the paver commands require a settings flag. If omitted, the flag defaults to devstack, which is the settings flag for vagrant-based devstack instances. So if you run into issues running paver commands in a docker container, you should append the devstack_docker flag. For example:

$ paver update_assets --settings=devstack_docker

Resource busy or locked

While running make static within the ecommerce container you could get an error saying:

Error: Error: EBUSY: resource busy or locked, rmdir '/edx/app/ecommerce/ecommerce/ecommerce/static/build/'

To fix this, remove the directory manually outside of the container and run the command again.

No space left on device

If you see the error no space left on device on a Mac, Docker has run out of space in its Docker.qcow2 file.

Here is an example error while running make pull:

...
32d52c166025: Extracting [==================================================>] 1.598 GB/1.598 GB
ERROR: failed to register layer: Error processing tar file(exit status 1): write /edx/app/edxapp/edx-platform/.git/objects/pack/pack-4ff9873be2ca8ab77d4b0b302249676a37b3cd4b.pack: no space left on device
make: *** [pull] Error 1

Try this first to clean up dangling images:

docker image prune -f  # (This is very safe, so try this first.)

If you are still seeing issues, you can try cleaning up dangling volumes.

Warning: In most cases this will only remove volumes you no longer need, but this is not a guarantee.

docker volume prune -f  # (Be careful, this will remove your persistent data!)

No such file or directory

While provisioning, some have seen the following error:

...
cwd = os.getcwdu()
OSError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
make: *** [dev.provision.run] Error 1

This issue can be worked around, but there's no guaranteed method to do so. Rebooting and restarting Docker does not seem to correct the issue. It may be an issue that is exacerbated by our use of sync (which typically speeds up the provisioning process on Mac), so you can try the following:

# repeat the following until you get past the error.
make stop
make dev.provision

Once you get past the issue, you should be able to continue to use sync versions of the make targets.

Memory Limit

While provisioning, some have seen the following error:

...
Build failed running pavelib.assets.update_assets: Subprocess return code: 137

This error is an indication that your docker process died during execution. Most likely, this error is due to running out of memory. Try increasing the memory allocated to Docker.

Docker is using lots of CPU time when it should be idle

On the Mac, this often manifests as the hyperkit process using a high percentage of available CPU resources. To identify the container(s) responsible for the CPU usage:

make stats

Once you've identified a container using too much CPU time, check its logs; for example:

make lms-logs

The most common culprit is an infinite restart loop where an error during service startup causes the process to exit, but we've configured docker-compose to immediately try starting it again (so the container will stay running long enough for you to use a shell to investigate and fix the problem). Make sure the set of packages installed in the container matches what your current code branch expects; you may need to rerun pip on a requirements file or pull new container images that already have the required package versions installed.

Performance

Improve Mac OSX Performance with docker-sync

Docker for Mac has known filesystem issues that significantly decrease performance for certain use cases, for example running tests in edx-platform. To improve performance, Docker Sync can be used to synchronize file data from the host machine to the containers.

Many developers have opted not to use Docker Sync because it adds complexity and can sometimes lead to issues with the filesystem getting out of sync.

You can swap between using Docker Sync and native volumes at any time, by using the make targets with or without 'sync'. However, this is harder to do quickly if you want to switch inside the PyCharm IDE due to its need to rebuild its cache of the containers' virtual environments.

If you are using macOS, please follow the Docker Sync installation instructions before provisioning.

Docker Sync Troubleshooting tips

Check your version and make sure you are running 0.4.6 or above:

docker-sync --version

If not, upgrade to the latest version:

gem update docker-sync

If you are having issues with docker sync, try the following:

make stop
docker-sync stop
docker-sync clean

Cached Consistency Mode

The performance improvements provided by cached consistency mode for volume mounts introduced in Docker CE Edge 17.04 are still not good enough. It's possible that the "delegated" consistency mode will be enough to no longer need docker-sync, but this feature hasn't been fully implemented yet (as of Docker 17.12.0-ce, "delegated" behaves the same as "cached"). There is a GitHub issue which explains the current status of implementing delegated consistency mode.

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