[Rdo-list] Systemd extension for HTTPD hosted applications

Adam Young ayoung at redhat.com
Mon Apr 13 22:19:01 UTC 2015

Discussing offline versus online compression in #rdo.

What do we do now?  Its ugly.  The  compression is performed at RPM 
build time.  THis is ugly, because the Javascript files it is 
compressing come from other RPMS.  So, if you update the RPM that has 
newer javascript, the RPM will not see the change, and show the old code.

What we want is to specify that the compression script runs before 
Horizon starts.  While we know we need to optimize the script to keep 
restart times down, that is an issue that needs to be solved upstream as 
well.  Lets assume for the moment that we will always run it.

The compression needs to be done in the system, but should not be done 
by the HTTPD daemon itself; Static files should be owned by a user other 
than the one that runs HTTPD.

The right answer seems to be systemd, since we use systemd to restart 
httpd. We should be able to indicate that it needs to run the 
compression script.  We don't want to create a separate service for 
openstack-dashboard, though;  the service is HTTPD.

Steve Gallagher was kind enough to walk me through the basics.  He 
pointed me to what reviewboard (another mod_wsgi App) does.  It installs 
a file under


named reviewboard-sites.conf.  It looks like this:

ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/rb-site upgrade --all-sites

After=postgresql.service mariadb.service mysql.service memcached.service|

(visible at 

so for horizon:

|ExecStartPre=python ${horizon_path}/manage.py compress   --force-if-not-fresh|

I think this should be the pattern for all of the HTTPD hosted 
services.  We should do this with Keystone next.
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