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Diskimage-builder script for creating Octavia Amphora images

Octavia is an operator-grade reference implementation for Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS) for OpenStack. The component of Octavia that does the load balancing is known as amphora. Amphora may be a virtual machine, may be a container, or may run on bare metal. Creating images for bare metal amphora installs is outside the scope of this version but may be added in a future release.


This script assumes a typical Linux environment and was developed on Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS.

Python pip should be installed as well as the python modules found in the requirements.txt file.

Your cache directory should have at least 1GB available, the working directory will need ~1.5GB, and your image destination will need ~500MB

The script will use the version of diskimage-builder installed on your system, or it can be overridden by setting the following environment variables:

DIB_REPO_PATH = /<some directory>/diskimage-builder
DIB_ELEMENTS = /<some directory>/diskimage-builder/elements

The following packages are required on each platform: Ubuntu: qemu git Fedora, CentOS and RedHat Enterprise Linux: qemu-img git

Test Prerequisites

The tox image tests require libguestfs-tools 1.24 or newer. Libguestfs allows testing the Amphora image without requiring root privileges. On Ubuntu systems you also need to give read access to the kernels for the user running the tests:

$ sudo chmod 0644 /boot/vmlinuz*

Tests were run on Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS during development.


This script and associated elements will build Amphora images. Current support is with an Ubuntu base OS and HAProxy. The script can use Fedora as a base OS but these will not initially be tested or supported. As the project progresses and/or the diskimage-builder project adds support for additional base OS options they may become available for Amphora images. This does not mean that they are necessarily supported or tested.

The script will use environment variables to customize the build beyond the Octavia project defaults, such as adding elements.

The supported and tested image is created by using the defaults (no command line parameters or environment variables set). As the project progresses we may add additional supported configurations.

Command syntax:

[-a i386 | amd64 | armhf ]
[-b haproxy ]
[-c ~/.cache/image-create | <cache directory> ]
[-d xenial/7 | trusty | <other release id> ]
[-i ubuntu | fedora | centos | rhel ]
[-l <log file> ]
[-o amphora-x64-haproxy | <filename> ]
[-r <root password> ]
[-s 2 | <size in GB> ]
[-t qcow2 | tar ]
[-w <working directory> ]

'-a' is the architecture type for the image (default: amd64)
'-b' is the backend type (default: haproxy)
'-c' is the path to the cache directory (default: ~/.cache/image-create)
'-d' distribution release id (default on ubuntu: xenial)
'-e' enable complete mandatory access control systems when available (default: permissive)
'-h' display help message
'-i' is the base OS (default: ubuntu)
'-l' is output logfile (default: none)
'-n' disable sshd (default: enabled)
'-o' is the output image file name
'-p' install amphora-agent from distribution packages (default: disabled)"
'-r' enable the root account in the generated image (default: disabled)
'-s' is the image size to produce in gigabytes (default: 2)
'-t' is the image type (default: qcow2)
'-v' display the script version
'-w' working directory for image building (default: .)
'-x' enable tracing for diskimage-builder

Environment Variables

These are optional environment variables that can be set to override the script defaults.

  • Comma separated list of cloud-int datasources
  • Default: ConfigDrive
  • Options: NoCloud, ConfigDrive, OVF, MAAS, Ec2, <others>
  • Reference:
  • URL to a mirror for the base OS selected
  • Default: None
  • Override the elements used to build the image
  • Default: None
  • Elements to add to the build (requires DIB_LOCAL_ELEMENTS_PATH be specified)
  • Default: None
  • Path to the local elements directory
  • Default: None

Using distribution packages for amphora agent

By default, amphora agent is installed from Octavia Git repository. To use distribution packages, use the "-p" option.

Note this needs a base system image with the required repositories enabled (for example RDO repositories for CentOS/Fedora). One of these variables must be set:

  • Path to the locally downloaded image
  • Default: None
  • Directory base URL to download the image from
  • Default: depends on the distribution

For example to build a CentOS 7 amphora with Pike RPM packages: .. code:: bash

# Get image $ wget

# Add repository $ virt-customize -a CentOS-7-x86_64-GenericCloud.qcow2 --selinux-relabel --run-command 'yum install -y centos-release-openstack-pike'

# Point to modified image and run script $ export DIB_LOCAL_IMAGE=/home/stack/CentOS-7-x86_64-GenericCloud.qcow2 $ ./ -p -i centos

RHEL specific variables

Building a RHEL-based image requires:
  • a RHEL 7 base cloud image, manually download from the Red Hat Customer Portal. Set the DIB_LOCAL_IMAGE variable to point to the file. More details at: <DIB_REPO_PATH>/elements/rhel7
  • a Red Hat subscription for the matching Red Hat OpenStack Platform repository. Set the needed registration parameters depending on your configuration. More details at: <DIB_REPO_PATH>/elements/rhel-common

Here is an example with Customer Portal registration and OSP 8 repository: .. code:: bash

$ export DIB_LOCAL_IMAGE='/tmp/rhel-guest-image-7.2-20160302.0.x86_64.qcow2'

$ export REG_METHOD='portal' REG_REPOS='rhel-7-server-openstack-8-rpms'

$ export REG_USER='<user>' REG_PASSWORD='<password>' REG_AUTO_ATTACH=true

This example uses registration via a Satellite (the activation key must enable an OSP repository): .. code:: bash

$ export DIB_LOCAL_IMAGE='/tmp/rhel-guest-image-7.2-20160302.0.x86_64.qcow2'

$ export REG_METHOD='satellite' REG_ACTIVATION_KEY="<activation key>"

$ export REG_SAT_URL="<satellite url>" REG_ORG="<satellite org>"

Container Support

The Docker command line required to import a tar file created with this script is:

$ docker import - image:amphora-x64-haproxy < amphora-x64-haproxy.tar


This documentation and script(s) leverage prior work by the OpenStack TripleO and Sahara teams. Thank you to everyone that worked on them for providing a great foundation for creating Octavia Amphora images.


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