I recently needed to create a Kubernetes pod that would ‘just sit there’ while I used kube cp to copy some files to a persistent volume to which it was bound.
I started out with this naive pod spec:
kind: Pod apiVersion: v1 metadata: name: marks-dummy-pod spec: containers: - name: marks-dummy-pod image: ubuntu restartPolicy: Never
Let’s apply that template:
$ kubectl apply -f pod_no_while.yaml pod "marks-dummy-pod" created
And let’s check if we have any running pods:
$ kubectl get pods No resources found, use --show-all to see completed objects.
We won’t see anything here because unsurprisingly the pod has run to completion as there’s nothing to keep it running! We can confirm that by running this command:
$ kubectl get pods --show-all NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE marks-dummy-pod 0/1 Completed 0 1m
Now let’s create a pod that has an infinite bash while loop:
kind: Pod apiVersion: v1 metadata: name: marks-dummy-pod spec: containers: - name: marks-dummy-pod image: ubuntu command: ["/bin/bash", "-ec", "while :; do echo '.'; sleep 5 ; done"] restartPolicy: Never
Let’s apply that one instead:
$ kubectl apply -f pod.yaml The Pod "marks-dummy-pod" is invalid: spec: Forbidden: pod updates may not change fields other than `spec.containers[*].image`, `spec.initContainers[*].image`, `spec.activeDeadlineSeconds` or `spec.tolerations` (only additions to existing tolerations)
Oops, we need to delete it first so let’s do that:
$ kubectl delete pod marks-dummy-pod pod "marks-dummy-pod" deleted
$ kubectl apply -f pod.yaml pod "marks-dummy-pod" created
And let’s checkup on our pod:
$ kubectl get pods NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE marks-dummy-pod 1/1 Running 0 14s
Looks better already. Let’s check the logs
$ kubectl logs marks-dummy-pod . .
Great! We can now kubectl cp to our heart’s content and then delete the pod aftewards.
|Published on System Code Geeks with permission by Mark Needham, partner at our SCG program. See the original article here: Kubernetes: Simple example of pod running|
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