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Set up a simple Zaqar deployment

Running a local Zaqar server with MongoDB

Note: These instructions are for running a local instance of Zaqar and not all of these steps are required. It is assumed you have MongoDB installed and running.

Install prerequisites:


$ sudo apt-get install gcc python-pip libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev


$ sudo yum install gcc python-pip libxml2-devel libxslt-devel

From your home folder create the '~/.zaqar folder and clone the repo:

$ cd
$ mkdir ~/.zaqar
$ git clone https://github.com/openstack/zaqar.git

Generate and Copy the Zaqar config files to the directory ~/.zaqar:

$ cd zaqar
$ tox -e genconfig
$ cp etc/zaqar.conf.sample ~/.zaqar/zaqar.conf
$ cp etc/logging.conf.sample ~/.zaqar/logging.conf

Find [drivers] section in ~/.zaqar/zaqar.conf and specify to use mongodb storage:

message_storage = mongodb
management_storage = mongodb

Then find the [drivers:storage:mongodb] section and modify the URI to point to your local mongod instance:


By default, you will have:

uri = mongodb://

For logging, find the [DEFAULT] section in ~/.zaqar/zaqar.conf and modify as desired:

log_file = server.log

Change directories back to your local copy of the repo:

$ cd zaqar

Run the following so you can see the results of any changes you make to the code without having to reinstall the package each time:

$ pip install -e .

Start the Zaqar server with logging level set to INFO so you can see the port on which the server is listening:

$ zaqar-server -v

Test out that Zaqar is working by creating a queue:

$ curl -i -X PUT -H "Content-type: application/json"

You should get an HTTP 201 along with some headers that will look similar to this:

HTTP/1.0 201 Created
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:34:37 GMT
Server: WSGIServer/0.1 Python/2.7.3
Content-Length: 0
Location: /v1/queues/samplequeue

No handlers found for zaqar.client (...)

This happens because the current user cannot create the log file (for the default configuration in /var/log/zaqar/server.log). To solve it,

Create the folder

sudo mkdir /var/log/zaqar

Create the file

sudo touch /var/log/zaqar/server.log

And try running the server again.

Running tests

First install additional requirements:

pip install -r test-requirements.txt

And then run tests:

python setup.py testr

Basic Zaqar operations

A great article about this can be found at http://developer.rackspace.com/blog/openstack-marconi-api.html.