Whenever I set up a devstack or OpenStack deployment, I want to add the latest LTS Ubuntu server image. I succeeded several times in the past and I believe it can be achieved with something like:
wget http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/12.04.2/release/ubuntu-12.04.2-server-cloudimg-amd64-disk1.img glance image-create --is-public true --disk-format qcow2 --container-format bare --name "precise" < ubuntu-12.04.2-server-cloudimg-amd64-disk1.img
I wonder, though, where can I find the officially supported documentation on doing this? How can I contribute to it? I sometimes experience problems and without official instructions I'm never sure if it's the above command or my deployment. I tried adding these instructions to the OpenStack official docs and/or the accompanying Disqus comments on two occasions, but these would get removed and I can't find a consistent, supported manual to do this, I would expect very basic, procedure.
Also, what about the elusive cloud-init options to guest images? Where can I find instructions on how to use those? From the terminal and from the web UI? I once had to go fishing for this information in the source code.
What I found so far is the site listing the available images, but one that doesn't state what are the formats of the images - I always have to google for this information. There is the UEC wiki that lists many recipes on how to create your own images, but not how to use existing ones (or the premade ubuntu cloud images). Then there is the most easily found "cloud" category on ubuntu.com that only links to some promotional pamphlets and the uninformative cloud images listing.
I know that this is a semi-bug report (which I would like to see fixed or help fix :) ), but I would also like to know the answers to the questions I posed.