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kubectl: Command-Line Kubernetes in a Nutshell

By : Rimantas Mocevicius
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kubectl: Command-Line Kubernetes in a Nutshell

By: Rimantas Mocevicius

Overview of this book

The kubectl command line tool lets you control Kubernetes clusters to manage nodes in the cluster and perform all types of Kubernetes operations. This introductory guide will get you up to speed with kubectl in no time. The book is divided into four parts, touching base on the installation and providing a general overview of kubectl in the first part. The second part introduces you to managing Kubernetes clusters and working with nodes. In the third part, you’ll be taken through the different ways in which you can manage Kubernetes applications, covering how to create, update, delete, view, and debug applications. The last part of the book focuses on various Kubernetes plugins and commands. You’ll get to grips with using Kustomize and discover Helm, a Kubernetes package manager. In addition to this, you’ll explore how you can use equivalent Docker commands in kubectl. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to install and update an application on Kubernetes, view its logs, and inspect clusters effectively.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Section 1: Getting Started with kubectl
Section 2: Kubernetes Cluster and Node Management
Section 3: Application Management
Section 4: Extending kubectl

Chapter 6: Debugging an Application

There are times when you need to debug an application to troubleshoot production-related issues. So far in this book, we have learned how to install, update, and delete an application.

In this chapter, we are going to cover application debugging by using kubectl describe to show the resolved object configuration and desired state before the actual events in the pod. Then we are going to check pod logs for errors, and finally, executing in a container (executing into a container means getting shell access in the running container) and running a command there.

In this chapter, we're going to cover the following main topics:

  • Describing a pod
  • Checking pod logs
  • Executing a command in a running container