Developer’s guide to Thoth

The main goal of this document is to give a first touch on how to run, develop and use Thoth as a developer.

A prerequisite for this document are the following documents:

Preparing Developer’s Environment

You can clone repositories from thoth-station organization to your local directory. It is preferred to place repositories one next to anther as it will simplify import adjustments stated later:

$ ls -A1 thoth-station/

Using Pipenv and Thamos CLI

All of the Thoth packages use Pipenv to create a separated and reproducible environment in which the given component can run. Almost every repository has its own Pipfile and Pipfile.lock file. The Pipfile file states direct dependencies for a project and Pipfile.lock file states all the dependencies (including the transitive ones) pinned to a specific version.

If you have cloned the repositories, you can run the following command to prepare a separate virtual environment with all the dependencies (including the transitive ones):

$ pipenv install --dev

# Alternatively you can use Thamos CLI:
$ thamos install --dev

As the environment is separated for each and every repository, you can now switch between environments that can have different versions of packages installed.

If you would like to install some additional libraries, just issue:

$ pipenv install <name-of-a-package>   # Add --dev if it is a devel dependency.

# Alternatively, you can use Thamos CLI:
$ thamos add <name-of-a-package>

The Pipfile and Pipfile.lock files get updated.

If you would like to run a CLI provided by a repository, issue the following command:

# Run adviser CLI inside adviser/ repository:
$ cd adviser/
$ pipenv run python3 ./thoth-adviser --help

The command above automatically activates separated virtual environment created for the thoth-adviser and uses packages from there.

To activate virtual environment permanently, issue:

$ pipenv shell

Your shell prompt will change (showing that you are inside a virtual environment) and you can run for example Python interpret to run some of the Python code provided:

(adviser)$ python3
>>> from thoth.adviser import __version__
>>> print(__version__)

Developing cross-library features

As Thoth is created by multiple libraries which depend on each other, it is often desired to test some of the functionality provided by one library inside another.

Suppose you would like to run adviser with a different version of thoth-python package (present in the python/ directory one level up from the adviser’s directory). To do so, the only thing you need to perform is to run the thoth-adviser CLI (in adviser repo) in the following way:

$ cd adviser/
$ PYTHONPATH=../python pipenv run ./thoth-adviser provenance --requirements ./Pipfile --requirements-locked ./Pipfile.lock --files

The PYTHONPATH environment variable tells Python interpret to search for sources first in the ../python directory, this makes the following code:

from thoth.python import __version__

to first check sources present in ../python and run code from there (instead of running the installed thoth-python package from PyPI inside virtual environment).

If you would like to run multiple libraries this way, you need to delimit them using a colon:

$ cd adviser/
$ PYTHONPATH=../python:../common pipenv run ./thoth-adviser --help

Running components locally

To improve developer’s effectivity, all the components can be run locally. If a component talks to a remote Ceph, it is possible to instrument the component so that it talks to Ceph based on the configuration supplied. Similarly, if a component talks to the database, it is possible to instrument the component to talk to the desired database instance. This way, developers can test their changes locally and, once changes are done, the code can be pushed to deployments.

If a component uses Ceph, export variables that are required for a Ceph connection. See the relevant section in thoth-station/storages README file.

If a component uses PostgreSQL, it will try to connect to a local PostgreSQL instance by default. Follow instructions in thoth-station/storages README file for more info on how to setup a local PostgreSQL instance from a database dump.

The following command will use Ceph based on the supplied configuration, connect to a local PostgreSQL instance (if any is used) and will use local version of thoth-common to support cross-library features development mentioned above:



You can use .env file together with Pipenv. See docs for more info. Some of the repositories have .env.template ready for use.

Debugging application and logging

All Thoth components use logging that is implemented in the thoth-common package and is initialized in init_logging() function (defined in thoth-common library). This library setups all the routines needed for logging (also sending logs to external monitoring systems such as Sentry).

Besides the functionality stated above, the logging configuration can be adjusted based on environment variables. If you are debugging some parts of the Thoth application and you would like to get debug messages for a library, just set environment variable THOTH_LOG_<library name> to DEBUG (or any other log level you would like to see, so suppressing logs is also possible by setting log level to higher values like EXCEPTION or ERROR). An example of a run can be:

$ cd adviser/
$ THOTH_LOG_STORAGES=DEBUG THOTH_LOG_ADVISER=WARNING PYTHONPATH=../python pipenv run ./thoth-adviser provenance --requirements ./Pipfile --requirements-locked ./Pipfile.lock --files

The command above will suppress any debug and info messages in thoth-adviser (only warnings, errors and exceptions will be logged) and increases verbosity of thoth-storages package to DEBUG. Additionally, you can setup logging only for a specific module inside a package by using for example:

$ cd adviser/
$ THOTH_LOG_STORAGES_GRAPH_POSTGRES=DEBUG THOTH_LOG_ADVISER=WARNING PYTHONPATH=../python pipenv run ./thoth-adviser provenance --requirements ./Pipfile --requirements-locked ./Pipfile.lock --files

By exporting THOTH_LOG_STORAGES_GRAPH_POSTGRES environment variable, you set debug log level for file thoth/storages/graph/ provided by thoth-storages package. This way you can debug and inspect behavior only for certain parts of the application. If a module has underscore in its name, the environment variable has to have double underscores to explicitly escape it (not to look for a logger defined in a sub-package).

The default log level is set to INFO to all Thoth components.

See thoth-common library documentation for more info.

Testing application against Ceph and a knowledge graph database

If you would like to test changes in your application against data stored inside Ceph, you can use the following command (if you have your gopass set up):

$ eval $(gopass show aicoe/thoth/

This will inject into your environment Ceph configuration needed for adapters available in thoth-storages package and you can talk to Ceph instance.

In most cases you will need to set THOTH_DEPLOYMENT_NAME environment variable which distinguishes different deployments. we follow the pattern of (ClusterName)-(DeploymentName) to assign the THOTH_DEPLOYMENT_NAME environment variable. Ex: ocp4-stage. Names can be found in the corresponding Ceph bucket.

$ export THOTH_DEPLOYMENT_NAME=ocp4-stage

To browse data stored on Ceph, you can use awscli utility from PyPI that provides aws command (use aws s3 as Ceph exposes S3 compatible API).

To run applications against Thoth’s knowledge graph database, see documentation of thoth-storages library which states how to connect, run, dump or recreate Thoth’s knowledge graph from a knowledge graph backup.

Running application inside OpenShift vs local development

All the libraries are designed to run locally (for fast developer’s experience - iterating over features as fast as possible) as well as to run them inside a cluster.

If a library uses OpenShift’s API (such as all the operators), the OpenShift class implemented in thoth-common library takes care of transparent discovery whether you run in the cluster or locally. If you would like to run applications against OpenShift cluster from your local development environment, use oc command to login into the cluster and change to project where you would like to operate in:

$ oc login <openshift-cluster-url>
$ oc project thoth-test-core

And run your applications (the configuration on how to talk to the cluster is picked from OpenShift’s/Kubernetes config). You should see a courtesy warning by thoth-common that you are running your application locally.

To run an application from sources present in the local directory (for example with changes you have made), you can open a pull request and issue /deploy command as a comment to the pull request opened.

If you would like to test application with unreleased packages inside OpenShift cluster, you can do so by installing package from a Git repo and running the /deploy command on the opened pull request:

# To install thoth-common package from the master branch (you can adjust GitHub organization to point to your fork):
$ pipenv install 'git+'

After that, you can open a pull request with adjusted dependencies. Note the git dependencies must not be merged to the repository. Thoth will fail with recommendations if it spots a VCS dependency in the application (it’s a bad practice to use such deps in prod-like deployments): (400)
HTTP response headers: HTTPHeaderDict({'Server': 'gunicorn/19.9.0', 'Date': 'Tue, 13 Aug 2019 06:28:21 GMT', 'Content-Type': 'application/json', 'Content-Length': '45257', 'Set-Cookie': 'ae5b4faaab1fe6375d62dbc3b1efaf0d=3db7db180ab06210797424ca9ff3b586; path=/; HttpOnly'})
HTTP response body: {
  "error": "Invalid application stack supplied: Package thoth-storages uses a version control system instead of package index: {'git': '' }",


If you use an S2I build process with advises turned on, you can bypass the error by turning off recommendations, just set THOTH_ADVISE to 0 in the corresponding build config.

Disclaimer: Please, do NOT commit such changes into repositories. We always rely on versioned packages with proper release management.

Scheduling workload in the cluster

You can use your computer to directly talk to cluster and schedule workload there. An example case can be scheduling syncs of solver documents present on Ceph. To do so, you can go to user-api repo and run Python3 interpreter once your Python environment is set up:

$ # Go to a repo which has thoth-common and thoth-storages installed:
$ cd thoth-station/user-api
$ pipenv install --dev
$ # Log in to cluster - your credentials will be used to schedule workload:
$ oc login <cluster-url>
$ # Make sure you adjust secrets before running Python interpreter in storages environment - you can obtain them from gopass:

After running the commands above, you should see Python interpreter’s prompt, run the following sequence of commands (you can use help built in to see more information from function documentation):

>>> from thoth.storages import SolverResultsStore
>>> solver_store = SolverResultsStore()
>>> solver_store.connect()
>>> from thoth.common import OpenShift
>>> os = OpenShift()
Failed to load in cluster configuration, fallback to a local development setup: Service host/port is not set.
TLS verification when communicating with k8s/okd master is disabled
>>> all_solver_document_ids = solver_store.get_document_listing()
>>> [os.schedule_graph_sync_solver(solver_document_id, namespace="thoth-middletier-stage") for solver_document_id in all_solver_document_ids]

Once all the adapters get imported and instantiated, you can perform scheduling of workload using the OpenShift abstraction, which will directly talk to OpenShift to schedule workload in the cluster.