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Openstack Nova Database API

Almost all of the command (ex. ‘nova boot’, ‘nova delete’, ‘keystone user-create’ and so on) in OpenStack nova make a direct or indirect (through rpc, which is eventually complicated) database call. The interface and functionalities for directly connecting to database is at nova/nova/db/directory (in my devstack installation it is @/opt/stack/nova/nova/db). The directly has two related files namely

1. db/api.py
2. db/sqlalchemy/api.py

The first one is the database Interface and the actual implementation (back end) is available the later of the two. For example, if you delete a vm by ‘nova delete’ and nova decides to delete it locally (based on the state of the vm to be deleted), nova calls ‘instance_destroy’ method in db/api which in turn calls ‘instance_destroy’ method in the sqlalchemy/api.py file.

[1] https://github.com/openstack/nova/blob/master/nova/db/sqlalchemy/api.py
[2] https://github.com/openstack/nova/blob/master/nova/db/api.py

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