[Rdo-list] Systemd extension for HTTPD hosted applications

Kaul, Yaniv Yaniv.Kaul at emc.com
Tue Apr 14 06:48:35 UTC 2015

Can you compress at RPM install time?

From: rdo-list-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:rdo-list-bounces at redhat.com] On Behalf Of Adam Young
Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 1:19 AM
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Subject: [Rdo-list] Systemd extension for HTTPD hosted applications

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 http://pkgs.fedoraproject.org/cgit/ReviewBoard.git/tree/reviewboard-sites.conf?h=f21)

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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