Working With The RAPI

There are several places to view documentation detailing how to interface with the python RAPI, though none of them are comprehensive.

The following is a list of five different sources where information relating to the RAPI can be found.

  1. The Ganeti RAPI PyDocs
  2. The Ganeti RAPI HTML Docs
  3. The gnt-instance man-page
  4. The rapi client code contained in the upstream ganeti project
  5. The rapi-tests which are also contained in the upstream ganeti project

RAPI in a Python Shell

Start up a python shell using the manage django script.

$ ./ shell

In the python shell import from util.

>>> from util import client

Assign a variable to the rapi client and pass in the name of the cluster as a string to the GanetiRapiClient object.

>>> rapi = client.GanetiRapiClient('my.test.cluster')
  • Note - For R/W access to the cluster you need to pass in ‘username’ and ‘password’ as kwargs to the GanetiRapiClient object. Replace USERNAME and PASSWORD with the correct cluster R/W credentials

    >>> rapi = client.GanetiRapiClient('my.test.cluster', username='USERNAME', password='PASSWORD')
  • Optional - Setup PrettyPrinter to prettify the output of RAPI functions that return dictionaries.

    >>> import pprint
    >>> pp = pprint.PrettyPrinter(indent=4).pprint

    Now you are able to prettify output like this:

    >>> pp(rapi.GetInfo())
  • RAPI commands can now be accessed as functions of the rapi variable.

    >>> rapi.GetInstance('my.test.instance')

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