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A description/notes for images?

asked 2013-05-15 20:52:13 -0500

Some images we have been uploading to OpenStack require a little bit of tailoring before it can get going. For example we have added AlienVaults OSSIM 4.2 which upon installation requires a static IP address. After launching, the user must change the IP address to the IP that OpenStack his given via DHCP.

I think it would be beneficial for us to be able add notes/descriptions to the image file. When a user is on his way to create a new instance, he will be displayed the notes about the image.

I could write things like 1 - Configure IP Address 2 - Restart OSSIM Services 3 - Login to webgui with admin/admin

This would avoid them having to ask ME for instructions getting them setup. For times where you just can't launch an instance without extra configuration.

Hopefully this is something that can be done!


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answered 2013-05-16 15:26:22 -0500

david-lyle gravatar image

The glance API supports a metadata being attached in to images in a field called properties. The description of the properties field is a from form key/value pair mapping. Right now, Horizon looks for specific properties in that properties field, like Kernel ID, Ramdisk ID and architecture. So theoretically Horizon could look for all fields in properties and show all, potentially messy and untranslatable. So another field could be added to the image properties by Horizon and then consumed by horizon. This would allow for translating the field label. The content however would remain untranslated.

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