2 min read | by Jordi Prats
For troubleshooting purposes, it's quite useful to run an interactive shell on the kubernetes cluster. We can always run a shell con an existing container but it might not have the tools we need.
To be able to run a container we need to take a look at the kubectl run options:
We will have to also choose the right image, maybe a busybox can be enough but an image with troubleshooting tools such as netshoot might be really useful.
The full command would for shell in a netshoot container would be:
$ kubectl run k8s-shell --rm -it --image nicolaka/netshoot -- sh If you don't see a command prompt, try pressing enter. / # ps PID USER TIME COMMAND 1 root 0:00 sh 8 root 0:00 ps / # Session ended, resume using 'kubectl attach k8s-shell -c k8s-shell -i -t' command when the pod is running pod "k8s-shell" deleted
Is we want to use busybox instead it would be:
$ kubectl run busyshell --rm -it --image busybox -- sh If you don't see a command prompt, try pressing enter. / # uname -a Linux busyshell 5.8.0-36-generic #40~20.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jan 6 10:15:55 UTC 2021 x86_64 GNU/Linux / # Session ended, resume using 'kubectl attach busyshell -c busyshell -i -t' command when the pod is running pod "busyshell" deleted
Posted on 03/02/2021