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Re: [rdo-list] Where and how should the DLRN API based promotion run?

> I want to follow up this conversation from this review:
> https://review.rdoproject.org/r/9846
> For reference, we're talking about the way we will do promotions based
> on DLRN API using this piece of script I called dlrnapi_promoter[1].
>   > Attila, John, Wes, I'm not convinced we need a dedicated machine
>   > for this.
>   > Can we take some time to discuss if a cron on a machine is the
>   > right approach in the first place ?
>   >
>   > I feel there's a lot of different options available but we haven't
>   > had the opportunity to discuss them.
>   >
>   > For example, a jenkins job that would trigger periodically or
>   > through content change on the DLRN API result pages ? I'm sure we
>   > could come up with different ideas.
> These are the most obvious other options (for me):
> 1. Make this promotion logic part of DLRN -- I would have preferred this
> but didn't see interest in this from Javier or from any of you when I
> pitched it a while ago -- probably too late in the design process of the
> API. Even the promotion API that we really needed was an afterthought
> for DLRN API, so we didn't really cooperate on the design to begin with.
> Adding this logic would have been my preference. We should do better
> next time.

The DLRN API was designed to be pretty much a "dumb" reporting API. Adding all this logic to the API would make it too RDO-pipeline-specific, so I still think this is better handled as an external tool. With this, we can change all promotion logic without even touching the API itself.

> 2. Run this separately but *on* the DLRN server. I couldn't even get a
> proper approval for me and Gabriele and Sagi to get submit rights in the
> 'config' repo after a month[2]. I didn't even try to force this -- seems
> like our communication and cooperation is inflexible enough for now to
> not try to force this level of cohabitation to save the resources to run
> a single VM. I think it makes sense to run this separately.

This sounds good to me. We already have a promoter user in the DLRN instance, and it should not be too complicated to add the required code to puppet-dlrn to use the promoter script, then add a cron job.

> 3. Run this in a zuul job constantly polling: we would use the same
> amount of resources as having a dedicated machine, there's no good
> reason for doing it.
> 4. Run this based on some triggers: We want to be able to rerun failed
> jobs (RDO Phase1 & Phase2) and have the promotion succeed. We will have
> a ton of jobs that would trigger these scripts when they finish and
> there's no point in doing it after every single job, time based check
> seems to be more useful. If we don't run it after every single job
> finishes, it might miss a possible window for promotion.

That could be a good option, depending on the details. David, can you share your thoughts on this?


> So in summary, the point of using DLRN API was not relying on random
> places changing/triggers/etc. The source of truth should be the DLRN API
> for promotion and the most straightforward way to check for results now
> is polling.
> I wouldn't mind if we eventually integrate this functionality in
> DLRN/DLRN API and when the promotion conditions are true, it could
> trigger jobs. Though we couldn't trigger stuff on intranet -- polling
> there still makes sense, but we could poll some DLRN page for sure.
> This script[1] and VM instance is what we have now due to 1) and 2) not
> going through. It would be definitely a lot more sane and cheaper
> resource and maintenance-wise to do these calculations for promotions in
> DLRN API and have DLRN trigger some jobs when they are true for a given
> hash, but I didn't feel capable of adding this to DLRN, it was simpler
> to use the API as it was designed.
> I'm happy to help start integrating this into DLRN, but as of now we
> should poll the API, and for polling the most reasonable solution is to
> have this on a constantly running machine vs. a long running job that
> does polling.
> Let me know what you think!
> Attila
> [1]
> https://github.com/rdo-infra/ci-config/tree/master/ci-scripts/dlrnapi_promoter
> [2] https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2017-September/msg00008.html
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