nova list does not validate tenant id for --tenant

Bug #1408630 reported by Amandeep
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Bug Description

When we are trying to list instances with wrong tenant id then the command work without any error, it should throw an error of invalid tenant id or invalid tenant name.
1. nova list --tenant abc
it works correctly and do not throw any error.

description: updated
Changed in python-novaclient:
assignee: nobody → Raghavendra Kalimisetty (raghavendra-kalimisetty)
melanie witt (melwitt)
Changed in python-novaclient:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
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melanie witt (melwitt) wrote :

Note that 'nova list --tenant' only works with tenant ids, not tenant names, see

That said, I tried out some things in devstack and got interesting results.

I created two instances, one in admin tenant and one in demo tenant. As admin/admin, I found in order for --tenant to work as expected, you have to also give --all-tenants.

1. 'nova list' shows the instance in admin tenant
2. 'nova list --all-tenants' shows both instances, the one in demo tenant and the one in admin tenant
3. 'nova list --tenant 5d460e88a8ea450c9c992e7a07d34889 --all-tenants' shows the instance in demo tenant
4. 'nova list --all-tenants --tenant blah' shows an empty list
5. 'nova list --tenant blah' shows the instance in admin tenant

The 4. result is what I'd expect to see if I gave a wrong tenant id (list of nothing). The only way to check tenant id validity would be to make an extra call to keystone on the client-side. Because just because no instance in nova belongs to a tenant, doesn't necessarily mean the tenant is invalid. I also mentioned this in bug 1233492

So, I'm going to mark this as a Wishlist item, to have the client check keystone for validity if nothing is returned from nova api.

melanie witt (melwitt)
summary: - nova list work with wrong tenant id or tenant name
+ nova list does not validate tenant id for --tenant
Changed in python-novaclient:
assignee: Raghavendra Kalimisetty (raghavendra-kalimisetty) → nobody
Changed in python-novaclient:
assignee: nobody → Jude Augustine Job (judeaugustine-j)
Changed in python-novaclient:
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Changed in python-novaclient:
status: In Progress → New
Changed in python-novaclient:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in python-novaclient:
assignee: Jude Augustine Job (judeaugustine-j) → nobody
Sirisha (sirisha-1)
Changed in python-novaclient:
assignee: nobody → Sirisha (sirisha-1)
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Shashwat Srivastava (shashwat-srivastava) wrote :

Hi Sirisha,

As you are not working on this bug, assigning it to myself.

Changed in python-novaclient:
assignee: Sirisha (sirisha-1) → Shashwat Srivastava (shashwat-srivastava)
Changed in python-novaclient:
assignee: Shashwat Srivastava (shashwat-srivastava) → NidhiMittalHada (nidhimittal19)
Changed in python-novaclient:
assignee: NidhiMittalHada (nidhimittal19) → nobody
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