Sunday, 6 June 2021

Why won't Kubernetes kubelet come up ?

 After an unscheduled reboot of the VMs that host my K8s cluster, I was struggling to work out why the kubelet wasn't starting properly.

I ran systemctl start kubelet.service to start it and then checked the status with systemctl status kubelet.service which showed: -

● kubelet.service - kubelet: The Kubernetes Node Agent
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/kubelet.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
    Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/kubelet.service.d
     Active: active (running) since Sun 2021-06-06 00:35:01 PDT; 3s ago
   Main PID: 82478 (kubelet)
      Tasks: 7 (limit: 2279)
     Memory: 14.6M
     CGroup: /system.slice/kubelet.service
             └─82478 /usr/bin/kubelet --bootstrap-kubeconfig=/etc/kubernetes/bootstrap-kubelet.conf --kubeconfig=/etc/kubernetes/kubelet.conf --config=/var/lib/kubelet/conf>
Jun 06 00:35:01 systemd[1]: Started kubelet: The Kubernetes Node Agent.
Jun 06 00:35:01 kubelet[82478]: I0606 00:35:01.836881   82478 server.go:197] "Warning: For remote container runtime, --pod-infra-container-image is i>
Jun 06 00:35:01 ubelet[82478]: I0606 00:35:01.866762   82478 server.go:440] "Kubelet version" kubeletVersion="v1.21.0"
Jun 06 00:35:01 kubelet[82478]: I0606 00:35:01.867455   82478 server.go:851] "Client rotation is on, will bootstrap in background"
Jun 06 00:35:01 kubelet[82478]: I0606 00:35:01.870367   82478 certificate_store.go:130] Loading cert/key pair from "/var/lib/kubelet/pki/kubelet-clie>
Jun 06 00:35:01 kubelet[82478]: I0606 00:35:01.873004   82478 dynamic_cafile_content.go:167] Starting client-ca-bundle::/etc/kubernetes/pki/ca.crt

which looked OK.

I checked again: -

systemctl status kubelet.service

and saw: -

● kubelet.service - kubelet: The Kubernetes Node Agent
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/kubelet.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
    Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/kubelet.service.d
     Active: activating (auto-restart) (Result: exit-code) since Sun 2021-06-06 00:35:22 PDT; 8s ago
    Process: 82505 ExecStart=/usr/bin/kubelet $KUBELET_KUBECONFIG_ARGS $KUBELET_CONFIG_ARGS $KUBELET_KUBEADM_ARGS $KUBELET_EXTRA_ARGS (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
   Main PID: 82505 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
Jun 06 00:35:22 systemd[1]: kubelet.service: Main process exited, code=exited, status=1/FAILURE
Jun 06 00:35:22 systemd[1]: kubelet.service: Failed with result 'exit-code'.

which looked not so good.

I then checked the syslog with: -

tail -f /var/log/syslog

and saw, amongst many other things, this: -

Jun  6 00:40:27 garble1 kubelet[83211]: E0606 00:40:27.104582   83211 server.go:292] "Failed to run kubelet" err="failed to run Kubelet: running with swap on is not supported, please disable swap! or set --fail-swap-on flag to false. /proc/swaps contained: [Filename\t\t\t\tType\t\tSize\tUsed\tPriority /swap.img                               file\t\t4194300\t0\t-2]"

Of course, the VMs were rebooted ... so swap is still on ....

A quick trip to swapoff with: -

swapoff -a

and we're back in the game.

kubectl get nodes

NAME                     STATUS   ROLES                  AGE     VERSION   Ready    control-plane,master   3d13h   v1.21.0   Ready    <none>                 3d13h   v1.21.0

crictl pods

POD ID              CREATED             STATE               NAME                                             NAMESPACE           ATTEMPT
c3969548182d6       17 seconds ago      Ready               calico-node-nl2g2                                kube-system         0
bd06ccb126620       18 seconds ago      Ready               kube-proxy-ht4mq                                 kube-system         0
5a31b04c1d01a       18 seconds ago      Ready                 kube-system         0
ac6e59ccb87f1       25 seconds ago      Ready        kube-system         0
d2ece5d26441e       35 seconds ago      Ready                 kube-system         0
10019ac4de96d       45 seconds ago      Ready                           kube-system         0

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