OpenStack Swift reports

openstack_project_swift_verticalIt’s no secret that I love OpenStack Swift. While is not always a two way relationship, I use Swift as much as I can: mostly for long-term backups, serve static websites and even streaming.

While functionalities are awesome, it’s also important to get accounting/usage information of the platform. Out of the box, Swift does not allow an administrator to access even accounting information from a given account. The “standard” approach is to use the Telemetry feature of OpenStack (aka ceilometer), but I’m not a fan of that project either. In my opinion telemetry is  “pumping” so much data that in most of the cases are way too much and I believe that a simpler approach is to be preferred.

To create a report of Swift usage, we need to use the Reseller Admin concept in Swift to query account statistics from a single admin-level user.  The reseller role (named “ResellerAdmin” by default) can operate on any swift account.

While “getting the concept” is a bit tricky (and undocumented as well), the truth is that is quite straightforward to enable it. Create a “ResellerAdmin” role on OpenStack with the command openstack role create ResellerAdmin and grant the role to the user that need to access the containers, ex: the user admin.

Edit the  Swift proxy-server.conf (filter:keystone section) and add the lines highlighted in bold.

use = egg:swift#keystoneauth
operator_roles = admin, SwiftOperator
reseller_admin_role = ResellerAdmin
reseller_prefix = AUTH_
is_admin = true
cache = swift.cache

Now the admin user can enumerate the projects and get statistics of all the projects and containers. It’s now easy enough to cycle through all the projects and get the used bytes, as shown below:

$ swift stat --os-project-name myproject
      Account: AUTH_c9f567ce0c7f484e918ac8fc798f988f
      Containers: 4
      Objects: 325   
      Bytes: 101947377850 
      Containers in policy "policy-0": 4
      Objects in policy "policy-0": 325
      Bytes in policy "policy-0": 101947377850
      X-Account-Project-Domain-Id: default
      X-Timestamp: 1487950953.36228
      X-Trans-Id: tx49e7b3d4e1a24f529fbc6-00594fb813
      Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
      Accept-Ranges: bytes
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