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Inventory Object Upgrade (alpha)

Instructions (alpha) to upgrade to next generation inventory object

How to Upgrade to the Next Generation Inventory Object (Alpha)

What is an Inventory Object

An inventory object is the automatically generated object which keeps track of the set of objects applied together. The current inventory object type is a ConfigMap, and it is usually defined in a package file called inventory-template.yaml. This file is created from an invocation of kpt live init. A typical use of the inventory object is to prune (delete) objects omitted locally.

What is a Next Generation Inventory Object

The next generation inventory object is a ResourceGroup custom resource replacing the current ConfigMap. Because the new inventory object is a custom resource, you must have permissions to add a custom resource definition (CRD) to the cluster.

Upgrade Scenario 1: New (Uninitialized) Packages

Packages which are newly downloaded and uninitialized should follow the following steps:

  2. kpt live init <PACKAGE DIR>

The init step adds an inventory section in the package Kptfile. The package is now eligible to be applied with kpt live apply <PACKAGE DIR>. This command will automatically apply the ResourceGroup CRD if it has not already been applied.

Upgrade Scenario 2: Existing (Initialized) Packages

Existing packages which have already been initialized, should follow the following steps:

  2. kpt live migrate <PACKAGE DIR>

Initially, the migrate command applies the ResourceGroup CRD. Then the migrate command replaces the ConfigMap inventory object in the cluster (if it exists) with a ResourceGroup custom resource. The migrate command also deletes the local inventory ConfigMap config file (usually inventory-template.yaml). If this local ConfigMap file is stored in a github repository, the removal needs to be committed to the repository to finalize the removal. Finally, the migrate command adds an inventory section to the Kptfile if it did not already exist. Updates to the package can now be applied using kpt live apply <PACKAGE DIR>.

New (Alpha) Commands


kpt live migrate

Install Resource Group

kpt live install-resource-group The ResourceGroup CRD is added to the cluster as a side effect of kpt live apply. However, this install-resource-group command allows the user to only apply the ResourceGroup CRD without applying other resources.

Updated Existing Commands


kpt live init

Troubleshooting and Verifying

  • Error: unable to apply ResourceGroup CRD
$ kpt live apply <PACKAGE_DIR>
error: unable to add

This message means the user does not have permissions to add the ResourceGroup CRD to the cluster. Once the RBAC permissions have been updated, the user can manually install the CRD with the following command:

$ kpt live install-resource-group
installing ResourceGroup custom resource definition...success

The user can verify the CRD was successfully added with the following command (using default namespace):

$ kubectl get
No resources found in default namespace.

Until the user is able to update permissions to apply the CRD, the user can continue to use the previous ConfigMap inventory object by unsetting the environment variable:

  • Error: configuration already created initialization error
$ kpt live init <PACKAGE DIR>
error: ResourceGroup configuration has already been created. Changing
them after a package has been applied to the cluster can lead to
undesired results. Use the --force flag to suppress this error.

This message means the ResourceGroup initialization has already happened. Unless, you want to --force new values, this can safely be ignored.

  • How to check if the ResourceGroup CRD has not been successfully applied to the cluster
$ kubectl get
error: the server doesn't have a resource type "resourcegroups"

If a No resources found message is returned, the ResourceGroup CRD has been successfully applied, but there are no ResourceGroup custom resources found in the namespace. Example:

$ kubectl get
No resources found in default namespace.
  • How to check if the applied inventory object in the cluster has been upgraded to a ResourceGroup custom resource
$ kubectl get -n <PKG NAMESPACE> --selector='' -o name
  • How to check if the applied inventory object in the cluster is not upgraded and is still a ConfigMap
$ kubectl get cm -n <PKG NAMESPACE> --selector='' -o name