Re: Feature suggestion: specify environment variables that all containers should have from manifest.

James Bayer


are you aware of the environment variable groups feature [1]? does that
capability address this need to consistently expose env variables to all
apps across the system?


On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 7:25 AM, Simon Johansson <simon(a)>


In our environment we provide two different CF installations, each of them
resides in a different VLAN. Apps in each environment are interested in
different services, Graphite, statsd, sentry etc. These services all have
legs in the two different CF VLANs. Hence the config needed for the same
app in two different environments are different. Eg. "" vs "" for GELF for instance.

user provided services can be a bit tricky to parse, and not always

"user-provided": [
"name": "GELF-Input",
"label": "user-provided",
"tags": [

"credentials": {
"url": ""

Therefore I would like to propose to add functionality to expose certain
ENV variables trough the manifest.
Similar to the feature that is pending where operators of CF can specify
extra headers to add for RTR logs this would be useful in a curated
environment where certain assumptions have been made in collaboration with
different teams. Eg. "If you use GELF, please use the GELF_URI env variable
to get the correct URI instead of specifying in config files".

This simplifies operations for us[1] as the contract is clear and
developers[2] doesnt need to know about the pesky network/environment

I was thinking something along the lines off:
GELF_URI: host-appropriate-for-the-env:port
STATSD_URI: host-appropriate-for-the-env:port

That would then for apps be acceccible by simply


Ive had a quick lookover dea_next and it seems like a rather simple
feature to implement. I would be happy to send a PR if you think this would
be a good idea.

[1] If I've had a penny for everytime we need to change something, people
miss their emails, tcpdump shows that some apps are still using the old
service, and vast amounts of time goes into hunting the correct people down
to make sure we are not pulling the rug under them.

[2] If I've had a penny for everytime ive had to explain why in the world
we have different endpoints for same service. And we dont really want to
run a split horizon DNS server :)

Thank you,

James Bayer

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