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Using sidecar containers

The Operator allows you to deploy additional (so-called sidecar) containers to the Pod. You can use this feature to run debugging tools, some specific monitoring solutions, etc.

Note

Custom sidecar containers can easily access other components of your cluster . Therefore they should be used carefully and by experienced users only.

Adding a sidecar container

You can add sidecar containers to Percona Server for MySQL Pods. Just use sidecars subsection ing the mysql section of the deploy/cr.yaml configuration file. In this subsection, you should specify the name and image of your container and possibly a command to run:

spec:
  mysql:
    ....
    sidecars:
    - image: busybox
      command: ["sleep", "30d"]
      name: my-sidecar-1
    ....

Apply your modifications as usual:

$ kubectl apply -f deploy/cr.yaml

Running kubectl describe command for the appropriate Pod can bring you the information about the newly created container:

$ kubectl describe pod cluster1-mysql-0
....
Containers:
....
my-sidecar-1:
  Container ID:  docker://e8fbaae09c3b20c49da259c490d65cd68182b227c33e0fec560271a569b01394
  Image:         busybox
  Image ID:      docker-pullable://busybox@sha256:5acba83a746c7608ed544dc1533b87c737a0b0fb730301639a0179f9344b1678
  Port:          <none>
  Host Port:     <none>
  Command:
    sleep
    30d
  State:          Running
    Started:      Thu, 06 Jan 2022 10:38:15 +0300
  Ready:          True
  Restart Count:  0
  Environment:    <none>
  Mounts:
    /var/run/secrets/kubernetes.io/serviceaccount from kube-api-access-lkk2n (ro)
....

Getting shell access to a sidecar container

You can login to your sidecar container as follows:

$ kubectl exec -it cluster1-mysql-0 -c my-sidecar-1 -- sh
/ #

Mount volumes into sidecar containers

It is possible to mount volumes into sidecar containers.

Following subsections describe different volume types , which were tested with sidecar containers and are known to work.

Persistent Volume

You can use Persistent volumes when you need dynamically provisioned storage which doesn’t depend on the Pod lifecycle. To use such volume, you should claim durable storage with persistentVolumeClaim without specifying any non-important details.

The following example requests 1G storage with sidecar-volume-claim PersistentVolumeClaim, and mounts the correspondent Persistent Volume to the my-sidecar-1 container’s filesystem under the /volume1 directory:

...
  sidecars:
  - image: busybox
    command: ["sleep", "30d"]
    name: my-sidecar-1
    volumeMounts:
    - mountPath: /volume1
      name: sidecar-volume-claim
  sidecarPVCs:
  - apiVersion: v1
    kind: PersistentVolumeClaim
    metadata:
      name: sidecar-volume-claim
    spec:
      resources:
        requests:
          storage: 1Gi
      volumeMode: Filesystem
      accessModes:
        - ReadWriteOnce

Secret

You can use a secret volume to pass the information which needs additional protection (e.g. passwords), to the container. Secrets are stored with the Kubernetes API and mounted to the container as RAM-stored files.

You can mount a secret volume as follows:

...
  sidecars:
  - image: busybox
    command: ["sleep", "30d"]
    name: my-sidecar-1
    volumeMounts:
    - mountPath: /secret
      name: sidecar-secret
  sidecarVolumes:
  - name: sidecar-secret
    secret:
      secretName: mysecret

The above example creates a sidecar-secret volume (based on already existing mysecret Secret object ) and mounts it to the my-sidecar-1 container’s filesystem under the /secret directory.

Note

Don’t forget you need to create a Secret Object before you can use it.

configMap

You can use a configMap volume to pass some configuration data to the container. Secrets are stored with the Kubernetes API and mounted to the container as RAM-stored files.

You can mount a configMap volume as follows:

...
  sidecars:
  - image: busybox
    command: ["sleep", "30d"]
    name: my-sidecar-1
    volumeMounts:
    - mountPath: /config
      name: sidecar-config
  sidecarVolumes:
  - name: sidecar-config
    configMap:
      name: myconfigmap

The above example creates a sidecar-config volume (based on already existing myconfigmap configMap object ) and mounts it to the my-sidecar-1 container’s filesystem under the /config directory.

Note

Don’t forget you need to create a configMap Object before you can use it.

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Last update: 2024-06-24