The new capability is running additional pods and services (and ingress and statefulsets) within the
development namespace using the
developer service account. This limited access role can’t impact other services but can start a container and use internal DNS and services to access them.
This sounds like the most contrived development setup ever
Yes, admittedly it’s a bit odd to peer at from the outside. I incrementally worked my way into it and have been very happy with it, more info in this article.
The biggest benefit is being resistent to frequently disrupted by kids and pets and life. I can move to my iPad or even my phone and continue what I was doing. Normally crafting a git commit message would take too long and just walking away means I have to go back to where I was, rediscover my progress, and then craft that commit message. With code-server, all I do is pull up the URL from elsewhere and the in-progress edits are highlighted, files are open, and commit message draft is present, if gross.
Also, about half of what I use this for is simply to get into a terminal and run some commands. A majority of the configuration edits I make are using
vi inside the terminal inside the code-server pod.
Start with the code-server in kubernetes article and then add the following:
- The code-server build tools container has Kubectl and Helm installed (as of about a month ago)
- The code-server.yml file includes some new RBAC stuff
- Instruction for making a
kubeconfigout of the RBAC token and cert
The readme shows how to empower the code-server pod with namespace configuration powers. The key is putting that configuration file in the
~/.kube/config file so you can run kubectl from anywhere and it’ll pick up that local config.
If you have more Kubernetes clusters to manage, it can be one of your available cluster/contexts.
Give me an example of how this can help
Say your web application needs a database backend. You don’t want to install a database onto the code-server pod but want it to be production-like.
Now you can spin up a posgres pod, dump data into it, and reset it across branch-changes.
To do this, I created a directory
~/postgres. In there, I made 3 files:
The contents of each:
- port: 5432
- name: postgres
- containerPort: 5432
- name: postgredb
accessModes: [ "ReadWriteOnce" ]
I put some of my own configurations in there such as the
storageClassName but for the most part it was lifted directly from a bmc blog post.
After applying all of those files, I have
kubectl get configmap,svc,statefulset,pod
NAME DATA AGE
configmap/postgres-config-demo 3 7m30s
NAME TYPE CLUSTER-IP EXTERNAL-IP PORT(S) AGE
service/code-server ClusterIP 10.233.38.239 <none> 80/TCP 23d
service/code-server-hugo ClusterIP 10.233.59.166 <none> 80/TCP 23d
service/postgres ClusterIP None <none> 5432/TCP 6m57s
NAME READY AGE
statefulset.apps/postgres-demo 2/2 4m53s
NAME READY STATUS RESTARTS AGE
pod/code-server-598cb4c9d-jdnfm 1/1 Running 0 4h56m
pod/postgres-demo-0 1/1 Running 0 4m53s
pod/postgres-demo-1 1/1 Running 0 4m12s
You can see some of my code server stuff mingled in with the database stuff. Keeping specs for these makes deletion of them easier when it’s done.
Since we’re inside the namespace, the service name is the DNS for it.
psql -h postgres -U demopostgresadmin -p 5432 demopostgresdb will prompt for the super strong password of
demopostgrespwd and then you’re in and can make tables and do whatever you like.
Password for user demopostgresadmin:
psql (11.7 (Debian 11.7-0+deb10u1), server 12.3 (Debian 12.3-1.pgdg100+1))
WARNING: psql major version 11, server major version 12.
Some psql features might not work.
Type "help" for help.
Obviously databases aren’t the only thing that can run as a service like this. Additionally, scaling the set down to zero pods can retain resources while preserving the volume claims for later use.
Why 2 replicas?
I didn’t notice there were 2 in the stolen yamls. Set it to 1 or whatever you want. Resilience isn’t really a goal here.
How were you running psql in the container, it’s not there!
In the container, just run
sudo apt-get update and then
sudo apt-get install postgres-client to get psql. I don’t actually have that use case so I’ll restart the pod at some point and it’ll clean itself up.
If you will need this as part of your use case, add that postgres-client installation step to your Dockerfile so it’ll always be there when you need it.
Probably some sort of shared storage situation. I could set it up with nfs right now but I’m curious if there’s a better way to do it with a read-write-many or object storage solution.
I want to have a directory that I can copy files to on the code-server pod which will immediately be reflected in the mounted locations on the other pods. This is done for GCK using the docker volume approach. Once this is easily solved, it may lead to a
GKK for working directly in Kubernetes.