Managing the Conda Lock File

The default conda environment set by uses the lock file (“*.conda-lock.yml”) at the top of the repository. This file is derived from the normal conda requirements file (*.yaml) also located at the top-level of the repository.

Updating Conda Requirements

If developers want to update the requirements file, they should also update the lock file accordingly. There are two different methods:

  1. Running --unpinned-deps. This will update the lock file in place so that it can be committed and will re-setup the FireSim repository.

  2. Manually running conda-lock -f <Conda requirements file> -p linux-64 --lockfile <Conda lock file>

Caveats of the Conda Lock File and CI

Unfortunately, so far as we know, there is no way to derive the conda requirements file from the conda lock file. Thus, there is no way to verify that a lock file satisfies a set of requirements given by a requirements file. It is recommended that anytime you update the requirements file, you update the lock file in the same PR. This check is what the check-conda-lock-modified CI job does. It doesn’t check that the lock file and requirements file have the same packages and versions, it only checks that both files are modified in the PR.