Fabric8 Documentation


Various apps in the fabric8 platform require persistence (e.g.gogs, nexus, jenkins). The apps use the kubernetes resource PersistentVolumeClaim to specify their needs for a PersistentVolume

So when you deploy fabric8 via gofabric8 by default this will create a number (5-6) of PersistentVolumeClaim resources.

Viewing the PV and PVCs

To see the current PersistentVolumeClaim and PersistentVolume resources use the following commands:

kubectl get pvc
kubectl get pv

When things are working correctly you should see all the PersistentVolumeClaim resources are Bound to some PersistentVolume resource. When thats true then all the various persistent apps in fabric8 will startup.

MiniKube and MiniShift

If you are using minikube or minishift then gofabric8 automatically spins up the equivalent PersistentVolume resources for you using HostPath based PersistentVolumes - so things should just work!

Though if you create new apps on the fly that uses persistence after you have ran the gofabric8 start command then you may have PersistentVolumeClaim resources which are stuck Pending.

If so then you can dynamically create new PersistentVolume resources for any pending PersistentVolumeClaim resources via the command:

gofabric8 volumes

Ultimately we will enable dynamic PersistentVolume creation in minikube and minishift to avoid this command being necessary.

Other clusters

We use Kubernetes dynamic PersistentVolume provisioning to automatically create PVs when a PersistentVolumeClaim needs one.

This is done by creating a StorageClass which is configured to point to cloud persistence implementations like EBS, GlusterFS, Cinder etc

All fabric8 related PersistentVolumeClaim resources have a volume.beta.kubernetes.io/storage-class=standard annotation that is used to match which StorageClass to use.


apiVersion: "v1"
kind: "PersistentVolumeClaim"
    volume.beta.kubernetes.io/storage-class: "standard"
name: "jenkins-jobs"
- "ReadWriteOnce"
    storage: "100Mi"

So when setting up a cluster we just need to choose which PV implemenation to use and add it to your StorageClass e.g.


cat <<EOF | kubectl create -f -
kind: StorageClass
apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
  name: standard
provisioner: kubernetes.io/gce-pd
  type: pd-standard


  cat <<EOF | kubectl create -f -
  kind: StorageClass
  apiVersion: storage.k8s.io/v1beta1
    name: standard
  provisioner: kubernetes.io/aws-ebs
    type: gp2

For a full list of StorageClass examples take a look at the kubernetes docs http://kubernetes.io/docs/user-guide/persistent-volumes/#parameters

Disabling persistence

If you want to try out fabric8 without setting up all the PersistentVolume instances for your cluster you can just disable persistence

To disable persistence just add the --pv=false command argument when using gofabric8 deploy

gofabric8 deploy -y --pv=false

Then all PersistentVolumeClaim volumes will be converted to EmptyDir volumes instead to avoid needing any PersistentVolume resources to be created.


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