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Check pod_exists

Check command pod_exists is used to check existence of pods in a Kubernetes cluster.

Spec

pod_exists has the following variables:

  • selector - Label selector for pods whose existence are checked.
  • podName - Name of Kubernetes pod whose existence is checked.
  • count - Number of expected Kubernetes pods

Execution of this command can result in following states:

  • OK
  • CRITICAL
  • UNKNOWN

Tutorial

Before You Begin

At first, you need to have a Kubernetes cluster, and the kubectl command-line tool must be configured to communicate with your cluster. If you do not already have a cluster, you can create one by using Minikube.

Now, install Searchlight operator in your cluster following the steps here.

To keep things isolated, this tutorial uses a separate namespace called demo throughout this tutorial. Run the following command to prepare your cluster for this tutorial:

$ kubectl create namespace demo
namespace "demo" created

$ kubectl get namespaces
NAME          STATUS    AGE
default       Active    6h
kube-public   Active    6h
kube-system   Active    6h
demo          Active    4m

Check existence of pods with matching labels

In this tutorial, a ClusterAlert will be used check existence of pods with matching labels by setting spec.vars.selector field.

$ cat ./docs/examples/cluster-alerts/pod_exists/demo-0.yaml

apiVersion: monitoring.appscode.com/v1alpha1
kind: ClusterAlert
metadata:
  name: pod-exists-demo-0
  namespace: demo
spec:
  check: pod_exists
  vars:
    selector: app=nginx
    count: '2'
  checkInterval: 30s
  alertInterval: 2m
  notifierSecretName: notifier-config
  receivers:
  - notifier: Mailgun
    state: CRITICAL
    to: ["ops@example.com"]
$ kubectl apply -f ./docs/examples/cluster-alerts/pod_exists/demo-0.yaml
replicationcontroller "nginx" created
clusteralert "pod-exists-demo-0" created

$ kubectl describe clusteralert -n demo pod-exists-demo-0
Name:		pod-exists-demo-0
Namespace:	demo
Labels:		<none>
Events:
  FirstSeen	LastSeen	Count	From			SubObjectPath	Type		Reason		Message
  ---------	--------	-----	----			-------------	--------	------		-------
  19s		19s		1	Searchlight operator			Warning		BadNotifier	Bad notifier config for ClusterAlert: "pod-exists-demo-0". Reason: secrets "notifier-config" not found
  19s		19s		1	Searchlight operator			Normal		SuccessfulSync	Applied ClusterAlert: "pod-exists-demo-0"

Voila! pod_exists command has been synced to Icinga2. Please visit here to learn how to configure notifier secret. Now, open IcingaWeb2 in your browser. You should see a Icinga host demo@cluster and Icinga service pod-exists-demo-0.

check-all-pods

Check existence of a specific pod

In this tutorial, a ClusterAlert will be used check existence of a pod by name by setting spec.vars.podName field.

$ cat ./docs/examples/cluster-alerts/pod_exists/demo-1.yaml

apiVersion: monitoring.appscode.com/v1alpha1
kind: ClusterAlert
metadata:
  name: pod-exists-demo-1
  namespace: demo
spec:
  check: pod_exists
  vars:
    podName: busybox
    count: '1'
  checkInterval: 30s
  alertInterval: 2m
  notifierSecretName: notifier-config
  receivers:
  - notifier: Mailgun
    state: CRITICAL
    to: ["ops@example.com"]
$ kubectl apply -f ./docs/examples/cluster-alerts/pod_exists/demo-1.yaml
pod "busybox" created
podalert "pod-exists-demo-1" created

$ kubectl get pods -n demo
NAME          READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
busybox       1/1       Running   0          5s

$ kubectl describe podalert -n demo pod-exists-demo-1
Name:		pod-exists-demo-1
Namespace:	demo
Labels:		<none>
Events:
  FirstSeen	LastSeen	Count	From			SubObjectPath	Type		Reason		Message
  ---------	--------	-----	----			-------------	--------	------		-------
  31s		31s		1	Searchlight operator			Warning		BadNotifier	Bad notifier config for ClusterAlert: "pod-exists-demo-1". Reason: secrets "notifier-config" not found
  31s		31s		1	Searchlight operator			Normal		SuccessfulSync	Applied ClusterAlert: "pod-exists-demo-1"
  27s		27s		1	Searchlight operator			Normal		SuccessfulSync	Applied ClusterAlert: "pod-exists-demo-1"

check-by-pod-label

Cleaning up

To cleanup the Kubernetes resources created by this tutorial, run:

$ kubectl delete ns demo

If you would like to uninstall Searchlight operator, please follow the steps here.

Next Steps

  • To periodically run various checks on nodes in a Kubernetes cluster, use NodeAlerts.
  • To periodically run various checks on pods in a Kubernetes cluster, use PodAlerts.
  • See the list of supported notifiers here.
  • Wondering what features are coming next? Please visit here.
  • Want to hack on Searchlight? Check our contribution guidelines.