Preparing releases

Versions to check/update

One way to check that the latest ansible roles are being used in the requirements.yml file, is to use the GitHub GraphQL query:

# endpoint =
  search(query: "org:marvel-nccr ansible-role in:repo", type: REPOSITORY, first: 100) {
    nodes {
      ... on Repository {
        refs(refPrefix: "refs/tags/", last: 1) {
          edges {
            node {

After updating requirements.yml, be sure to run:

tox -e update-ansible

to force upgrade of the downloaded roles.

Provisioning the VM

Desktop Edition

Ensure Vagrant is updated , and to update the base box and plugins you can run:

tox -e update-vagrant

Follow the desktop build instructions.


Manual modifications required, as of QM 20.03.1:

  • Double-click on the Desktop symbols to show the icons (see #150) or just run in the VM terminal (press F5 after to refresh):

    for FILE in ${HOME}/Desktop/*.desktop; do gio set "$FILE" "metadata::trusted" yes; done

Cloud Edition

Follow the cloud build instructions.

  • For the server to build the VM, choose e.g. 2 CPUs with 4GB of RAM, with at least 16GB of storage.

    • Your configuration may also be the standard configuration shown to users creating a VM using your image

    • Currently Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS

    • Expose ports as listed in instructions

    • You won’t need it for long, so price for CPU/RAM is of no concern

  • Exemplary metadata:

    • name: quantum-mobile-20-05-0 (GCP only allows alphanumeric characters + dashes)

    • family: quantum-mobile

    • description:

      Quantum Mobile Cloud Edition Server v20.05.0 See

Releasing the VM image

To prepare the release:

  • Fill in the manual sections of dist/Release-<version>.md

  • Release the distributions (see below)

  • Copy dist/Release-<version>.md to docs/releases/ and add the top-matter section.

  • Update

  • Commit changes of quantum-mobile repository to main branch

  • create new GitHub release, copying content of dist/Release-<version>.md (replace Changelog section with link to documentation) file and

Desktop Edition

Releases should be uploaded to the mrcloud openstack account and marvel-vms container.

If you have authentication to this project, you can generate the API key and other environmental variables necessary to connect using:

(this will ask for your username and password)

$ tox -e openstack-api
TASK [Print environment]
ok: [localhost] =>
  - |-
    export OS_AUTH_URL=
    export OS_PROTOCOL=mapped
    export OS_AUTH_TYPE=token
    export OS_IDENTITY_PROVIDER=cscskc
    export OS_INTERFACE=public

Copy/paste these export commands into the terminal, then you can use the openstack CLI via:

$ tox -e openstack -- object list marvel-vms

Upload contents of dist/ to object store

$ tox -e openstack -- openstack object create marvel-vms dist/Release-<version>.md
$ tox -e openstack -- openstack object create marvel-vms dist/quantum_mobile_<version>.ova

Finally generate a short-link for the object store URL with, then replace the URL in dist/Release-<version>.md.

Cloud Edition


Here are some indicative prices for hosting public images and disk pricing:

  • Image pricing (for us to host it):

    • magnetic: 8.5c/GB/month (GCP)

  • Disk pricing (for users):

    • magnetic: 4c/GB/month (GCP), 2.5c/GB/month (AWS)

    • SSD: 10c/GB/month (AWS)

Docker Image

You can either build the container locally, using the Docker build instructions, then commit the (stopped) instance:

docker commit -a "Chris Sewell" -m "Container provisioned by ansible" qm_instance marvelnccr/quantum-mobile:20.11.2a

or (recommended) first tag the release commit with a docker- tag, to trigger the GitHub Action (see Testing on GH Actions). Then, once the build has successfully run and uploaded to Docker Hub, pull the created image and create the new tag:

docker pull marvelnccr/quantum-mobile:develop
docker tag marvelnccr/quantum-mobile:develop marvelnccr/quantum-mobile:20.11.2a

Next use the docker-compose.yml in the repository base (changing the image name) to launch the container and check that you can correctly run through the commands in Using Quantum Mobile.

Finally, upload the tag to Docker Hub.

docker login -u username -p password
docker push marvelnccr/quantum-mobile:20.11.2a