Self-testing fabfile using docker

In my last blog post, I discussed deploying django on docker. This is a blog post on a related note and we’ll be looking at using docker to test a fabfile. Note that docker is still under development and not ready for use in production.

Fabfile and testing:

Fabric is a great tool for automating deployments. Unfortunately, the docs on testing fabfiles are a bit scarce.

With good tests, you can be sure that your fabfile works out of the box and be prepared for server migrations or upgrades.

One apporach to testing complex fabfiles is using vagrant or using a VM manually. I think docker is easier to use in scripts and way faster.

In this example, we’re testing the deployment of a website using fabric, so our basic testcase would be that the url to which we’re deploying is returning a

  1. For the sake of simplicity, let’s assume that we have docker installed on and we’re deploying to the same address.

We can use fabric to create a new container and use it to run our provision and deployment commands (all() does both here). We can use the “dhrp/sshd” container image as mentioned in the earlier blog post to forward ssh and web ports. One minor quibble might be that the dhrp/sshd image doesn’t have your public key by default so your fab command would be interrupted for a password, but using ssh-copy-id should fix that. You could commit this change and use this image next time for a permanent fix.

Here’s a rough idea of how our fabfile would look like:

import requests
from fabric.api import settings

def docker(cmd):
    return run("docker %s" % cmd)

def self_test():
    host = '' #  test server with docker installed
    with settings(host_string='%(user)[email protected]%(host)s' % {'user': 'me', 'host': host}):
        container = docker('run -d -p 22 -p 80 dhrp/sshd /usr/sbin/sshd -D')
        ssh_port = docker('port %s 22' % container)
        web_port = docker('port %s 80' % container)
        container_host = '%(user)[email protected]%(host)s:%(port)s' % {'user': 'root', 'host': host, 'port': ssh_port}
            with settings(host_string=container_host):
                all()  # provision and deploy to the container
                url = "http://%(host)s:%(port)s" % {'host': host, 'port': web_port}
                assert requests.get(url).status_code == 200
            run('docker kill %s' % container)

and voila:

fab self_test

Thank you for reading the Agiliq blog. This article was written by Javed on Jun 28, 2013 in docker .

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