Compiler Configuration Reference#


Inside any project the compiler expects a project.yml file that defines metadata about the project, the location to store modules, repositories where to find modules and possibly specific versions of modules.

For basic usage information, see Project creation guide.

The project.yml file defines the following settings:

class inmanta.module.ProjectMetadata(*, requires: list[str] = [], name: str, description: str | None = None, freeze_recursive: bool = False, freeze_operator: ConstrainedStrValue = '~=', author: str | None = None, author_email: NameEmail | None = None, license: str | None = None, copyright: str | None = None, modulepath: list[str] = [], repo: list[ModuleRepoInfo] = [], downloadpath: str | None = None, install_mode: InstallMode = InstallMode.release, relation_precedence_policy: list[ConstrainedStrValue] = [], strict_deps_check: bool = True, agent_install_dependency_modules: bool = False)[source]#
  • name – The name of the project.

  • description – (Optional) An optional description of the project

  • author – (Optional) The author of the project

  • author_email – (Optional) The contact email address of author

  • license – (Optional) License the project is released under

  • copyright – (Optional) Copyright holder name and date.

  • modulepath – (Optional) This value is a list of paths where Inmanta should search for modules.

  • downloadpath – (Optional) This value determines the path where Inmanta should download modules from repositories. This path is not automatically included in the modulepath!

  • install_mode – (Optional) This key determines what version of a module should be selected when a module is downloaded. For more information see InstallMode.

  • repo

    (Optional) A list (a yaml list) of repositories where Inmanta can find modules. Inmanta tries each repository in the order they appear in the list. Each element of this list requires a type and a url field. The type field can have the following values:

    • git: When the type is set to git, the url field should contain a template of the Git repo URL. Inmanta creates the git repo url by formatting {} or {0} with the name of the module. If no formatter is present it appends the name of the module to the URL.

    • package: When the type is set to package, the URL field should contain the URL of the Python package repository. The repository should be PEP 503 (the simple repository API) compliant. If more than one package url is configured, they will all be passed to pip. This is generally only recommended if all configured indexes are under full control of the end user to protect against dependency confusion attacks. See the pip install documentation and PEP 708 (draft) for more information.

    The old syntax, which only defines a Git URL per list entry is maintained for backward compatibility.

  • requires – (Optional) This key can contain a list (a yaml list) of version constraints for modules used in this project. Similar to the module, version constraints are defined using PEP440 syntax.

  • freeze_recursive – (Optional) This key determined if the freeze command will behave recursively or not. If freeze_recursive is set to false or not set, the current version of all modules imported directly in the file will be set in project.yml. If it is set to true, the versions of all modules used in this project will set in project.yml.

  • freeze_operator – (Optional) This key determines the comparison operator used by the freeze command. Valid values are [==, ~=, >=]. Default is ‘~=’

  • relation_precedence_policy – [EXPERIMENTAL FEATURE] A list of rules that indicate the order in which the compiler should freeze lists. The following syntax should be used to specify a rule <first-type>.<relation-name> before <then-type>.<relation-name>. With this rule in place, the compiler will first freeze first-type.relation-name and only then then-type.relation-name.

  • strict_deps_check – Determines whether the compiler or inmanta tools that install/update module dependencies, should check the virtual environment for version conflicts in a strict way or not. A strict check means that all transitive dependencies will be checked for version conflicts and that any violation will result in an error. When a non-strict check is done, only version conflicts in a direct dependency will result in an error. All other violations will only result in a warning message.

  • agent_install_dependency_modules

    [EXPERT FEATURE] If true, when a module declares Python dependencies on other (v2) modules, the agent will install these dependency modules with pip. This option should only be enabled if the agent is configured with the appropriate pip related environment variables. The option allows to an extent for inter-module dependencies within handler code, even if the dependency module doesn’t have any handlers that would otherwise be considered relevant for this agent.

    Care should still be taken when you use inter-module imports. The current code loading mechanism does not explicitly order reloads. A general guideline is to use qualified imports where you can (import the module rather than objects from the module). When this is not feasible, you should be aware of Python’s reload semantics and take this into account when making changes to handler code.

    Another caveat is that if the dependency module does contain code that is relevant for the agent, it will be loaded like any other handler code and it will be this code that is imported by any dependent modules (though depending on the load order the very first import may use the version installed by pip). If at some point this dependency module’s handlers cease to be relevant for this agent, its code will remain stale. Therefore this feature should not be depended on in transient scenarios like this.

class inmanta.module.ModuleRepoInfo(*, url: str, type: ModuleRepoType = ModuleRepoType.git)[source]#

Bases: BaseModel

class inmanta.module.ModuleRepoType(value)[source]#

Bases: Enum

An enumeration.

The code snippet below provides an example of a complete project.yml file:

name: quickstart
description: A quickstart project that installs a drupal website.
author: Inmanta
author_email: [email protected]
license: Apache 2.0
copyright: Inmanta (2021)
modulepath: libs
downloadpath: libs
install_mode: release
  - url:
    type: git
  - url:
    type: package
  - apache ~= 0.5.2
  - drupal ~= 0.7.3
  - exec ~= 1.1.4
  - ip ~= 1.2.1
  - mysql ~= 0.6.2
  - net ~= 1.0.5
  - php ~= 0.3.1
  - redhat ~= 0.9.2
  - std ~= 3.0.2
  - web ~= 0.3.3
  - yum ~= 0.6.2
freeze_recursive: true
freeze_operator: ~=

Specify locations from where V2 modules will be installed#

This section explains how to configure your project in order to download v2 modules from any python package repository. By default, a project created using the Project creation guide is configured to install packages from

By changing the url option of type package in the repo section of the project.yml file, python packages will be downloaded from the specified index_url:

  - url:
    type: git
  - url: <url of a python package repository>
    type: package

Module metadata files#

The metadata of a V1 module is present in the module.yml file. V2 modules keep their metadata in the setup.cfg file. Below sections describe each of these metadata files.


Inside any V1 module the compiler expects a module.yml file that defines metadata about the module.

The module.yml file defines the following settings:

class inmanta.module.ModuleMetadata(*, name: str, description: str | None = None, freeze_recursive: bool = False, freeze_operator: ConstrainedStrValue = '~=', version: str, license: str, deprecated: bool | None = None)[source]#

The code snippet below provides an example of a complete module.yml file:

name: openstack
description: A module to manage networks, routers, virtual machine, etc. on an Openstack cluster.
version: 3.7.1
license: Apache 2.0
compiler_version: 2020.2
  - ip
  - net
  - platform
  - ssh
  - std
freeze_recursive: false
freeze_operator: ~=


Inside any V2 module the compiler expects a setup.cfg file that defines metadata about the module.

The code snippet below provides an example of a complete setup.cfg file:

name = inmanta-module-openstack
description = A module to manage networks, routers, virtual machine, etc. on an Openstack cluster.
version = 3.7.1
license = Apache 2.0
compiler_version = 2020.2
freeze_recursive = false
freeze_operator = ~=

install_requires =