The cinderlib itself doesn’t require an initialization, as it tries to provide sensible settings, but in some cases we may want to modify these defaults to fit a specific desired behavior and the library provides a mechanism to support this.

Library initialization should be done before making any other library call, including Backend initialization and loading serialized data, if we try to do it after other calls the library will raise and Exception.

Provided setup method is cinderlib.Backend.global_setup, but for convenience the library provides a reference to this class method in cinderlib.setup

The method definition is as follows:

def global_setup(cls, file_locks_path=None, root_helper='sudo',
                 suppress_requests_ssl_warnings=True, disable_logs=True,
                 non_uuid_ids=False, output_all_backend_info=False,
                 project_id=None, user_id=None, persistence_config=None,

The meaning of the library’s configuration options are:


Cinder is a complex system that can support Active-Active deployments, and each driver and storage backend has different restrictions, so in order to facilitate mutual exclusion it provides 3 different types of locks depending on the scope the driver requires:

  • Between threads of the same process.
  • Between different process on the same host.
  • In all the OpenStack deployment.

Cinderlib doesn’t currently support the third type of locks, but that should not be an inconvenience for most cinderlib usage.

Cinder uses file locks for the between process locking and cinderlib uses that same kind of locking for the third type of locks, which is also what Cinder uses when not deployed in an Active-Active fashion.

Parameter defaults to None, which will use the current directory to store all file locks required by the drivers.


There are some operations in Cinder drivers that require sudo privileges, this could be because they are running Python code that requires it or because they are running a command with sudo.

Attaching and detaching operations with cinderlib will also require sudo privileges.

This configuration option allows us to define a custom root helper or disabling all sudo operations passing an empty string when we know we don’t require them and we are running the process with a non passwordless sudo user.

Defaults to sudo.


Controls the suppression of the requests library SSL certificate warnings.

Defaults to True.


As mentioned in the Volumes section we can provide resource IDs manually at creation time, and some drivers even support non UUID identificators, but since that’s not a given validation will reject any non UUID value.

This configuration option allows us to disable the validation on the IDs, at the user’s risk.

Defaults to False.


Whether to include the Backend configuration when serializing objects. Detailed information can be found in the Serialization section.

Defaults to False.


Cinder drivers are meant to be run within a full blown service, so they can be quite verbose in terms of logging, that’s why cinderlib disables it by default.

Defaults to True.


Cinder is a multi-tenant service, and when resources are created they belong to a specific tenant/project. With this parameter we can define, using a string, an identifier for our project that will be assigned to the resources we create.

Defaults to cinderlib.


Within each project/tenant the Cinder project supports multiple users, so when it creates a resource a reference to the user that created it is stored in the resource. Using this this parameter we can define, using a string, an identifier for the user of cinderlib to be recorded in the resources.

Defaults to cinderlib.


Cinderlib operation requires data persistence, which is achieved with a metadata persistence plugin mechanism.

The project includes 2 types of plugins providing 3 different persistence solutions and more can be used via Python modules and passing custom plugins in this parameter.

Users of the cinderlib library must decide which plugin best fits their needs and pass the appropriate configuration in a dictionary as the persistence_config parameter.

The parameter is optional, and defaults to the memory plugin, but if it’s passed it must always include the storage key specifying the plugin to be used. All other key-value pairs must be valid parameters for the specific plugin.

Value for the storage key can be a string identifying a plugin registered using Python entrypoints, an instance of a class inheriting from PersistenceDriverBase, or a PersistenceDriverBase class.

Information regarding available plugins, their description and parameters, and different ways to initialize the persistence can be found in the Metadata Persistence section.

other keyword arguments

Any other keyword argument passed to the initialization method will be considered a Cinder configuration option and passed directly to all the drivers.

This can be useful to set additional logging configuration like debug log level, or many other advanced features.

For a list of the possible configuration options one should look into the Cinder project’s documentation.