I recently finished a brand new infrastructure charm using the new operator framework. The charm deploys Microsoft SQL Server on Linux (with clustering via pacemaker): https://github.com/ionutbalutoiu/charm-infra-mssql
The charm has the Python
pymssql dependency which is based on a CPython pre-built library for each supported Python release. When the
pymssql is installed via pip, it pulls the appropriate pre-compiled library corresponding to the Python version used to install the package.
For example, the installed package is:
- on Ubuntu 18.04 (with default Py 3.6):
- on Ubuntu 20.04 (with default Py 3.8):
However, if I do a
charmcraft build on Ubuntu 20.04, and deploy the charm on Ubuntu 18.04, the charm hooks will fail to import
pymssql because the bundled venv with the charm (given by
charmcraft build) contains the
pymssql.cpython-38, corresponding to the Py 3.8 from the Focal machine where the charm was built.
On the other hand, if I build the charm on Ubuntu Bionic, it deploys without any problems on Ubuntu Bionic, since the pre-built CPython libraries will match the Python release from the deployment machine.
The above problem is encountered on every dependency based on pre-built CPython libs.
For the moment, I’ve added this workaround to re-initialize the charm
venv (only if it cannot be imported).
This fixes the issue, since it pulls the approapiate CPython libs on the target machine, but I’m not sure if it’s the best way to solve this.
What do you guys think ?