Deploying dummy devices

Deploying dummy devices


This chapter discusses a model of deployment which is being superceded by the pipeline model.

Dummy devices are not proper devices, but rather interactive sessions in existing machines. There are 3 types of dummy devices:

  • dummy-schroot runs lava tests inside a schroot(1) session. You can configure the base chroot used, so for instance you can have different dummy devices for different OS types.
  • dummy-ssh runs lava tests in a remote host using a ssh(1) connection. Interacts with the file system using sshfs(1) to mount the remote host root directory locally. You can configure which host to connect to, at which port, with which username to log in (although root is more or less mandatory due to the way the rest of dispatcher works), and which identity file (i.e. private key) to use for authentication. At least hostname and identity file must be provided in the configuration file.
  • dummy-host runs lava tests on the actual host where the dispatcher is running. It should be unnecessary to say that having a device like this available to all users is dangerous, because submitted test code (i.e. arbitrary code) will be running on your LAVA server as root. This device should never be used without proper access restrictions.

Configuration: dummy-schroot

Before anything, you will want to create one or more chroots to use with dummy-schroot devices. The Debian wiki contains instructions to get started with schroot. After you create your chroot(s) you will want to take note of their names.

A dummy-schroot device has a single configuration variable:

  • dummy_schroot_chroot indicates the name of the base chroot to be used. Default value: default.

Example configuration file (e.g. schroot01.conf):

device_type = dummy-schroot
dummy_schroot_chroot = precise

Configuration: dummy-ssh

dummy-ssh has 4 configuration variables:

Variable Description Default value
dummy_ssh_host Hostname to connect to None
dummy_ssh_username User name to login with root
dummy_ssh_port Port to connect to 22
dummy_ssh_identity_file SSH private key file to connect with None

Note: dummy_ssh_host and dummy_ssh_identity_file are mandatory configuration variables.

Example configuration file (e.g. ssh01.conf):

device_type = dummy-ssh

dummy_ssh_host = localhost
dummy_ssh_port = 8022
dummy_ssh_identity_file = /usr/share/vagrant/keys/vagrant

Configuration: dummy-host

This device type does not have any configuration variables, other than specifying the device_type.

Example configuration file (localhost.conf):

device_type = dummy-host