Using the inspect on Openshift

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Get the namespace inspect for troubleshooting OCP issues.

One of the must useful tools in OCP, together with Must gather I think is the inspect.

The DevOps in OCP can be chaotic sometimes, with some many pods and operators and . But that’s exactly why the inspect can be a core component to debug the pods/services/deployments in OCP.

So to avoid this all going over your head, just get the inspect first. From there you can do a top down approach: so start with the deployment(config) and move to the services and pods, or bottom up – meaning the pods yaml/logs, and then move from to deployment config.

I mean, I’m trying to lead out the idea to get the inspect – via oc adm inspect ns/$namespace – so then this can be lead indicator for several issues: pod crashes, application issues, pod resource starvations. What happens if the application logs is ok, but the yaml shows the service’s label is wrong.

This avoids for example, only seeing the pod logs and forgetting about the resource allocations – in terms of cpus and memory allocation.

Doing a more global review: pod yaml, core configmaps, services, deployments, everything at once.

For deployments more and more complex, with several components – and sometimes, with Service Mesh – the istio side-car will be inside the pod and the user see the sidecar pods and access logs (set on the smcp – service mesh control plane).
On this matter I will write some presentations on this regard.

I’m sure the above is not consensus, some people will opt out for getting the pod yamls or just pod logs first, and just then get the inspect. But for OCP problems I start with inspect, because I can see the complete deployment, see all pods on the namespace and do the work once. So almost by definition you will have an overview of the data, which is must better than an narrow view of only pod logs.

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