Custom configuration snippets

The two main TLJH components are JupyterHub and Traefik.

The jupyterhub_config.py and traefik.toml files are created by TLJH during installation and can be edited by the user only through tljh-config. The rules directory is also created during install along with a rules/rules.toml file, to be used by JupyterHub to store the routing table from users to their notebooks.

Note

Any direct modification to these files is unsupported, and will cause hard to debug issues.

But because sometimes TLJH needs to be customized in ways that are not officially supported, an escape hatch has been introduced to allow easily extending the configuration. Please follow the sections below for how to extend JupyterHub’s and Traefik’s configuration outside of tljh-config scope.

Extending jupyterhub_config.py

The jupyterhub_config.d directory lets you load multiple jupyterhub_config.py snippets for your configuration.

  • Any files in /opt/tljh/config/jupyterhub_config.d that end in .py will be loaded in alphabetical order as python files to provide configuration for JupyterHub.

  • The configuration files can have any name, but they need to have the .py extension and to respect this format.

  • Any config that can go in a regular jupyterhub_config.py file is valid in these files.

  • They will be loaded after any of the config options specified with tljh-config are loaded.

Once you have created and defined your custom JupyterHub config file/s, just reload the hub for the new configuration to take effect:

sudo tljh-config reload hub

Extending traefik.toml

The traefik_config.d directory lets you load multiple traefik.toml snippets for your configuration.

  • Any files in /opt/tljh/config/traefik_config.d that end in .toml will be loaded in alphabetical order to provide configuration for Traefik.

  • The configuration files can have any name, but they need to have the .toml extension and to respect this format.

  • Any config that can go in a regular traefik.toml file is valid in these files.

  • They will be loaded after any of the config options specified with tljh-config are loaded.

Once you have created and defined your custom Traefik config file/s, just reload the proxy for the new configuration to take effect:

sudo tljh-config reload proxy

Warning

This instructions might change when TLJH will switch to Traefik > 2.0

Extending rules.toml

Traefik is configured to load its routing table from the /opt/tljh/state/rules directory. The existing rules.toml file inside this directory is used by jupyterhub-traefik-proxy to add the JupyterHub routes from users to their notebook servers and shouldn’t be modified.

However, the routing table can be extended outside JupyterHub’s scope using the rules directory, by adding other dynamic configuration files with the desired routing rules.

Note

  • Any files in /opt/tljh/state/rules that end in .toml will be hot reload by Traefik. This means that there is no need to reload the proxy service for the rules to take effect.

Checkout Traefik’ docs about dynamic configuration and how to provide dynamic configuration through multiple separated files.