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asked 2013-11-28 01:33:11 -0500

sngirame gravatar image

I wanted to know whether openstack file path remains constant irrespective of the OS type on which it is installed.

e.g. /etc/nova


/etc/keystone etc.

Are there any options during deployment which can change the default location of openstack components/files?

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answered 2013-11-28 01:42:37 -0500

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updated 2013-11-28 02:54:26 -0500

At least I don't see any option to do this with current install packages. May be custom install developed by some companies provide this. Any reason you would like to change ? It is a standard practice to keep them in /etc/ location

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answered 2013-11-29 07:39:02 -0500

/etc/$service/$service.conf is the standard location which is assumed by puppet configuration modules etc.

You can change this by editing the init scripts as mentioned above, though this is not advised.

You can also augment the config by also specifying another --config-file in the init scripts, with later options overridding earlier ones, but please note that if you specify any --config-file options in an init script you must specify all that are used. I.E. the auto loading of the standard set of config files is disabled.

Alternatively you might be able to add your config in one of the other auto loaded locations? For a more detailed description of the standard set of configs loaded see the description of:

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answered 2013-11-28 03:03:11 -0500

updated 2013-11-28 06:38:05 -0500

/etc/ is the right place for Editable Text Configs :)

But you can edit path to config after installation in your init scripts. For example for nova-compute (on centOS):


config="/etc/nova/nova.conf" # <---- edit this line

For ubunutu: (nova-api service example) /etc/init/nova-api.conf

description "Nova API server"
author "Soren Hansen <>"

start on runlevel [2345]
stop on runlevel [!2345]

chdir /var/run

pre-start script
        mkdir -p /var/run/nova
        chown nova:root /var/run/nova/

        mkdir -p /var/lock/nova
        chown nova:root /var/lock/nova/
end script

exec start-stop-daemon --start --chuid nova --exec /usr/bin/nova-api -- --config-file=/etc/nova/nova.conf # <----- Here it is
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I did not see the /etc/init.d/openstack-nova-compute on ubuntu. Do you know where it is kept on ubuntu ?

dheeru gravatar imagedheeru ( 2013-11-28 06:04:37 -0500 )edit

Thanks laboshinl for your response.

sngirame gravatar imagesngirame ( 2013-11-29 03:56:30 -0500 )edit

cool. Shall I go ahead and close this request ? Please accept the ans from labshinl by clicking on the 'rigth click' button next to his ans. We will close this request.

dheeru gravatar imagedheeru ( 2013-11-29 04:11:48 -0500 )edit

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