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As Glasskube is still in technical preview a manual bootstrap is needed.
Automatic detection and bootstrapping will be implemented in a future version.

In order to install packages in a Kubernetes cluster using Glasskube, it is necessary to install the required server components. Conveniently, for most users this can be achieved by running glasskube bootstrap in a terminal.

The bootstrap command installs the Package Operator and it's associated Custom Resource Definitions (CRDs). By default, the Package Operator is installed in an All-In-One (AIO) configuration. This configuration comes bundled with a subset of Flux. Glasskube is still compatible with any other GitOps solution, but Flux is a necessary requirement of the Package Operator.

If you already use Flux in your cluster or want to manage it yourself, first install Flux, and then Glasskube using a slim configuration by running glasskube bootstrap --type=slim. To ensure compatibility, please verify that the following flux components are installed in their respective version:

  • source-controller deployment: v1.3.0
  • helm-controller deployment: v1.0.1
  • HelmChart CRD: v1
  • HelmRelease CRD: v2

For more information and command-line options check out glasskube help bootstrap.

Common Issues

Deployments do not become ready

By default, the Deployments included in the bootstrapped configuration do not contain any taint tolerations. Please make sure that your cluster has at least one schedulable node that is not tainted. This issue was reported by users trying to bootstrap Glasskube on Amazon EKS clusters consisting exclusively of Fargate nodes. Fargate nodes come with the taint by default, which results in the Pods associated with the Glasskube Deployments to be unschedulable.