Provisionning a teuthology target with a given kernel

When a teuthology target (i.e. machine) is provisioned with teuthology-lock for the purpose of testing Ceph, there is no way to choose the kernel. But it can be installed afterwards using the following:

cat > kernel.yaml <<EOF
interactive-on-error: true
roles:
- - mon.a
  - client.0
kernel:
   branch: testing
tasks:
- interactive:
EOF

Assuming the target on which the new kernel is to be installed is vpm083, running

$ teuthology  --owner loic@dachary.org \
  kernel.yaml <(teuthology-lock --list-targets vpm083)
...
2015-03-09 17:47 INFO:teuthology.task.internal:Starting timer...
2015-03-09 17:47 INFO:teuthology.run_tasks:Running task interactive...
Ceph test interactive mode, use ctx to interact with the cluster
>>>

will install an alternate kernel and reboot the machine:

[ubuntu@vpm083 ~]$ uname -a
Linux vpm083 3.19.0-ceph-00029-gaf5b96e #1 SMP Thu Mar 5 01:04:25 GNU/Linux
[ubuntu@vpm083 ~]$ lsb_release -a
LSB Version:	:base-4.0-amd64:base-4.0-noarch:
Distributor ID:	RedHatEnterpriseServer
Description:  release 6.5 (Santiago)
Release:	6.5
Codename:	Santiago

Command line arguments to the kernel may be added to /boot/grub/grub.conf. For instance loop.max_part=16 to allow partition creation on /dev/loop devices:

default=0
timeout=5
splashimage=(hd0,0)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz
hiddenmenu
title rhel-6.5-cloudinit (3.19.0-ceph-00029-gaf5b96e)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /boot/vmlinuz-3.19.0 ro root=LABEL=79d3d2d4  loop.max_part=16
        initrd /boot/initramfs-3.19.0.img
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