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Any way to push a config to swarm without restarting containers?


(Chrishecker) #1

Hi, I’ve got my stack running the way I want on my swarm, but one of the main apps in my set of services is a big stateful app with long-term tcp connections (it’s a game lobby server). I’d like to be able to push new config files to these containers without restarting them. Is there a way to do this? Using the new config feature would seem to be what I want, but doing an update on the service brings the containers down and then back up, which is what I need to avoid.

It looks like kubernetes can do this with its configmaps? At least from this medium post, it’s hard to tell from their documentation:

Obviously locally on each node I can just use docker cp and stuff the files directly into the container.

Is there a way to push files to the swarm from a manager without restarting the containers in the services?

As a workaround, I can map a local volume on each of the machines and update that with ssh, or use an nfs volume to the manager or some file sync thing, or store the shared files in s3 and poll them, but I’m wondering if there’s an official docker way to do this?


(David Maze) #2

Yes: if you put a file in a configmap, mount it in a pod, and update the configmap, the visible copy of the configmap file is updated without restarting the process.

(As you note, many services read the config only at startup, and you often do want to restart it. In that case you need to delete the pod, or put something like a hash of the configmap contents as a pod annotation to cause Kubernetes to delete the pod for you, to cause it to restart with the new config.)

Automation tools like Ansible are good at this FWIW. I’m not a Swarm expert by any means, but if this works, it might be the approach I’d take. I’ve done similar things with manually distributed Docker before. It’s much less of a commitment than Kubernetes.

(Chrishecker) #3

Okay, thanks for the answer and I guess I’ll take a look at Ansible…at this point it’s layers on top of layers and I was kind of hoping docker could just do what I wanted, but I guess I can add another tool on the pile. : )