openSUSE MicroOS

3db9fddefeaafbec445e11dfd9afda81?s=47 Ish Sookun
October 06, 2019

openSUSE MicroOS

openSUSE MicroOS workshop featuring Podman, Skopeo, Buildah and other topics such as Linux namespaces. This workshop was carried at the Faculty of Technology, Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia during the openSUSE Asia Summit 2019.


Ish Sookun

October 06, 2019


  1. openSUSE® MicroOS Managing Pods & Containers Ish Sookun

  2. $ whoami Systems Architect I work for La Sentinelle Ltd

    (Mauritius). Linux & OSS Advocate I hangout during local meetups to talk about Linux (mostly). I blog at I am currently in the Election Committee. I install openSUSE on as many machines as I can.
  3. What is openSUSE MicroOS? openSUSE MicroOS is a modern single

    service Linux operating system, designed for container hosts and optimized for large deployments. It inherits the openSUSE Tumbleweed and SUSE Linux Enterprise knowledge while redefining the operating system into a small, efficient and reliable distribution. It is available as a separate distribution from:
  4. MicroOS Container Host System Role During installation select the “container

    host” system role. MicroOS comes with a minimal set of packages by default. The container host system role installs Podman as container runtime. A complete installation of the MicroOS Container host is about 1.3GiB. Note: Container tools such as Skopeo & Buildah are not installed. Those are not intended for server use.
  5. Why not use Tumbleweed server directly?

  6. MicroOS Highlights Read-only root file system Automated transactional-updates Podman/runc as

    default container runtime Rolling release
  7. What are containers? Shared Linux kernel Resource and process isolation

    Lighter than virtual machines Portable across different environments
  8. Linux namespaces

  9. Overview of Linux namespaces A namespace wraps a global system

    resource in an abstraction that makes it appear to the processes within the namespace that they have their own isolated instance of the global resource. Changes to the global resource are visible to other processes that are members of the namespace, but are invisible to other processes. One use of namespaces is to implement containers. $ man namespaces Demo: $ sudo unshare -u /bin/bash Namespace Isolates Cgroup Cgroup root directory IPC System V IPC, Posix Message queues Network Network devices, stacks, ports, etc. Mount Mount points PID Process IDs User User and group IDs UTS Hostname and NIS domain name
  10. Container runtimes Container runtimes can be categorized as being low-level

    or high-level. Low-level container runtimes would usually focus on just running containers, e.g runc. High-level container runtimes provide additional features, e.g manage images and containers. Nevertheless, running a container is often all that is required to call “something” a container runtime. • containerd • Docker • Kata Containers • LXD • rkt • runc • Others… (Mentioned in alphabetical order)
  11. Listing Linux namespaces The command lsns lists information about all

    the currently accessible namespaces or about the given namespace. Column Description NS Namespace identifier (inode number) TYPE Kind of namespace PATH Path to the namespace NPROCS Number of processes in the namespace PID Process ID PPID Parent Process ID USER Username of the PID COMMAND Command line of the PID
  12. What is a container composed of?

  13. Skopeo Skopeo is a command line utility used to interact

    with local and remote container images and container image registries. Skopeo can copy container images between various containers image stores, converting them as necessary. $ skopeo inspect docker://opensuse/leap $ mkdir nginx $ skopeo copy docker://nginx:latest dir:nginx $ tree nginx
  14. Peeking further into the container image The container image contains

    several files among which are compressed layers containing files that provide the necessary environment for a running container. Not clear enough? Okay, fine. Let’s decompress one layer to see what it contains. $ mkdir b8f2 $ tar -C b8f2 -xf b8f262c62ec67f02536f49654de586c022043652bbb6bbf76a8dab1542627a8d $ ls -lh b8f2
  15. Container Image Registries Before we experiment further with containers we

    need to understand a few basic things about registries. What happened when we ran the below command earlier? $ podman run --rm -d -p 8080:80 nginx Podman first checks whether there is a local image tagged “nginx” to spin a container from. If it is not present on the system it will look for it in some “remote location”, pull the image and then run the container. The action of pulling a container can be independent of running a container, e.g: $ podman pull nextcloud The remote location which we referred to is called a container registry. Local images can be listed by executing: $ podman images
  16. Podman Podman (Pod Manager) is a fully featured container engine

    that is a simple daemonless tool. Podman provides a Docker-CLI comparable command line that eases the transition from other container engines and allows the management of pods, containers and images. Podman uses Buildah internally to create container images. Both tools share image (not container) storage, hence each can use or manipulate images (but not containers) created by the other. Simple demo: $ podman run --rm -d -p 8080:80 nginx $ curl localhost:8080
  17. Where does Podman store container information? When running Podman as

    root, the default location for storage is /var/lib/containers/storage. Users cannot use this directory when running as non root, so Podman creates the storage by default in $HOME/.local/share/containers. $ podman info Running the above command produces an output displaying some key information about Podman configuration including the path to container storage.
  18. Container Image Registries Information about image registries is stored in

    /etc/containers/registries.conf. It is a system-wide configuration file for container image registries. The file format is TOML. More information about the configuration can be found in the man page. $ man containers-registries.conf The most important thing about this config file is the specification of registry urls. [] registries = [""] The above list contains urls of container registries where images will be searched and downloaded from. If the list contains more that one url they should be comma separated.
  19. Podman flags $ podman run --rm -d --name webserver -h

    web \ -v /home/ish/summit2019:/usr/share/nginx/html \ -p 8080:80 nginx We are running a container based on the nginx image, having name as webserver and hostname set to web. It will map its port 80 to the host’s port 8080 and mount a volume to the path of the Nginx virtual host root directory. We can enter the container by executing the following. $ podman exec -it webserver bash The -it flags specify that STDIN should be kept open and a pseudo-TTY attached. You can experiment further with the different flags. $ podman run --help
  20. Printing information about containers $ podman ps -a Displays all

    containers, default shows only running containers. $ podman ps -a -s Displays the total file size. $ podman ps --ns -a Displays namespace information. $ podman ps -a -p Displays the pods the containers are associated with.
  21. Display a container or image's configuration $ podman inspect container_name

    This displays the low-level information on containers and images identified by name or ID. By default, this will render all results in a JSON array. $ podman images REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED SIZE latest f949e7d76d63 2 days ago 130 MB $ podman inspect f949e7d76d63
  22. Podman as a Systemd service Podman wasn’t designed to manage

    containers start-up order or failed containers recovery. A Systemd unit file on the host can have the host automatically start, stop, check the status, and manage a container as a regular systemd service. We create a Systemd unit file in: /etc/systemd/system/webserver.service We then enable the service as follows: $ sudo systemctl enable webserver $ sudo systemctl start webserver [Unit] Description=Podman webserver [Service] Type=simple Restart=always ExecStart=/usr/bin/podman run --rm -d --name webserver -h web -v /home/ish/summit2019:/usr/share/nginx/html -p 8080:80 nginx ExecStop=/usr/bin/podman stop webserver [Install]
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  24. Understanding Pods The term pod originates from the Kubernetes project

    where a pod relates to a unit of deployment, i.e an instance of an application. A pod may contain a single or multiple containers. In a multi-container pod all the containers can communicate with each other over localhost since they share the same network namespace. An empty pod will contain one container by default which is called the “infra container”. $ podman pod create --name small-pod $ podman pod ps POD ID NAME STATUS CREATED # OF CONTAINERS INFRA ID 0173c61afadd small-pod Created About a minute ago 1 613f59088260 An infra container is a lightweight container used to coordinate the shared kernel namespace of a pod.
  25. A quick note about conmon Conmon is a monitoring program

    and communication tool between podman and runc for a single container. $ podman ps -a --pod $ ps -ef `pidof conmon` Compare the output of the above commands to relate one conmon process for every running container.
  26. Dockerfile A Dockerfile is a text file that contains instructions

    to build a container image. As the name suggests it was introduced by Docker. Podman supports Dockerfile. $ podman build --tag myapp:1.0 -f ./Dockerfile $ podman images The image will be available from the local images repository. Dockerfile Reference: FROM golang:latest COPY . /app RUN make /app CMD /app/hello_word Each instruction creates one layer: • FROM creates a layer from the golang:latest Docker image. • COPY adds files from your Docker client’s current directory. • RUN builds your application with make. • CMD specifies what command to run within the container.
  27. Kubernetes YAML YAML is a reverse acronym for “YAML Ain’t

    Markup Language”. It is a human-readable text-based format for specifying configuration-type information. Kubernetes uses YAML configuration files to create resources such as pods, services and deployments. Create a YAML config from an existing pod: $ podman generate kube osas2019-pod > osas2019-pod.yml Create a pods from a YAML config file: $ podman play kube osas2019-pod.yml More about YAML configuration sets for Kubernetes Pod resources can be found at: apiVersion: v1 kind: Pod metadata: labels: app: osas2019 name: osas2019-pod spec: containers: - command: - nginx - -g - daemon off; image: name: nginx ports: - containerPort: 80 hostPort: 8080 protocol: TCP resources: {} securityContext: allowPrivilegeEscalation: true capabilities: {} privileges: false readOnlyRootFilesystem: false workingDir: / status: {}
  28. Buildah Buildah is a command line tool that facilitates building

    OCI container images. What can we do with Buildah? • Create a working container, either from scratch or using an image as a starting point. • Mount a working container's root filesystem for manipulation. • Unmount a working container's root filesystem. • Use the updated contents of a container's root filesystem as a filesystem layer to create a new image. • Delete a working container or an image. • Rename a local container.
  29. Buildah Create a working container for your project $ buildah

    from opensuse Copy your files and set an entrypoint. $ buildah copy opensuse-working-container app /app $ buildah copy opensuse-working-container /opt/ $ buildah config --entrypoint “/app/” opensuse-working-container Finally, commit your work and the container image should be available in your local image repo. $ buildah commit opensuse-working-container myapp:1.0 $ buildah images
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