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README.md

GrootFS: Garden root file system

slack.cloudfoundry.org

Note: This repository should be imported as code.cloudfoundry.org/grootfs.

Groot

by chattanooga-choochoo

GrootFS is the Cloud Foundry component that provides filesystem isolation for containers and deals with container (Docker and OCI) images.

You can find us in the #grootfs channel of the Cloud Foundry Slack. Use https://slack.cloudfoundry.org to request an invitation.

Index

Installation

The simplest way to install GrootFS, is to download the latest compiled release from the releases page:

$> curl -o /usr/local/bin/grootfs -L https://github.com/cloudfoundry/grootfs/releases/download/v0.25.0/grootfs-0.25.0
$> chmod +x /usr/local/bin/grootfs
$> grootfs --version
grootfs version 0.25.0

Filesystems

GrootFS makes use of various Linux filesystem features in order to efficiently store container root filesystems on the host machine.

Currently we natively support Overlay on XFS.

GrootFS's 'store' directory must be formatted as XFS. Our setup script will try to set up both of these filesystems for you so you can experiment with GrootFS, or you can provision your own and configure GrootFS to point to the mounted filesystem you create, using the --store command-line flag. This is documented in the instructions below.

Instructions

Requirements

sudo hack/quick-setup

We assume that:

  • You are running a Debian/Ubuntu based system with XFS enabled in the kernel

This will:

  • Install the userspace tools required to use GrootFS on XFS
  • Create an XFS filesystem and mount it under /var/lib/grootfs/xfs

By default all operations will happen in the /var/lib/grootfs folder. You can change this by passing the --store flag to the grootfs binary. The store folder is expected to be inside either of the mounted XFS volumes.

For user/group id mapping, you'll also require newuidmap and newgidmap to be installed (uidmap package on Ubuntu)

Configuration

GrootFS can optionally be configured with a YAML config file. If both a config file and command line arguments are provided, the command line arguments will take precedence.

To use a config file:

grootfs --config ./my-config.yml <command> ...

Following is an example configuration file with all options provided:

store: /var/lib/data/grootfs/store
newuidmap_bin: /var/lib/packages/idmapper/bin/newuidmap
newgidmap_bin: /var/lib/packages/idmapper/bin/newgidmap
log_level: debug
metron_endpoint: 127.0.0.1:8081
clean:
  threshold_bytes: 1048576
  ignore_images:
    - docker:///ubuntu
    - docker://my-docker-registry.example.com:1234/busybox
create:
  insecure_registries:
  - my-docker-registry.example.com:1234
  with_clean: true
Key Description
store Path to the store directory
newuidmap_bin Path to newuidmap bin. (If not provided will use $PATH)
newgidmap_bin Path to newgidmap bin. (If not provided will use $PATH)
log_level Set logging level <debug | info | error | fatal>
metron_endpoint Metron endpoint used to send metrics
create.insecure_registries Whitelist a private registry
create.with_clean Clean up unused layers before creating rootfs
create.without_mount Don't perform the rootfs mount.
clean.ignore_images Images to ignore during cleanup
clean.threshold_bytes Disk usage of the store directory at which cleanup should trigger

Initializing a store

If you have an existing XFS filesystem mounted, you can use this to hold GrootFS's image store. To create a store directory within your existing mountpath:

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs/my-store-dir init-store <--uid-mapping 1000:0:1> <--gid-mapping 1000:0:1> <--uid-mapping/gid-mapping ...>

N.B.

  • The command can currently only be run as root, with the mounted store owned by root.
  • It can take a number of uid/gid mappings to initialize the store with.
  • If no mappings are provided, the store will be owned by host root user.
  • If mappings are provided, the store will be owned by the namespace root user specified.

--store-size-bytes

If you have no existing filesystem, or want to create a dedicated one for GrootFS, init-store accepts the --store-size-bytes flag which allows you to specify the size of a newly created store.

This command will:

  1. create a new file (of the size provided to --store-size-bytes) at /store/path.backing-store
  2. format it with a filesystem
  3. mount it at /store/path

--uid-mapping / --gid-mapping

User and group id mappings are a property of the store and, if desired, must be set as part of the init-store command. All create commands ran against that store will use the same mapping.

  • If you're not running as root, and you want to use mappings, you'll also need to map root (0:--your-user-id:1)
  • Your id mappings can't overlap (e.g. 1:100000:65000 and 100:1000:200)
  • You need to have these mappings allowed in the /etc/subuid and /etc/subgid files

Deleting a store

You can delete a store by running the following:

While this command will delete all contents of the store path, it will leave the backing filesystem intact.

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs/my-store-dir delete-store

Creating an image

You can create a rootfs image based on a remote docker image:

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs create docker:///ubuntu:latest my-image-id

Or from a local tar file as an image source:

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs create /my-rootfs.tar my-image-id

If you are running behind an http proxy you can use the standard HTTP_PROXY, HTTPS_PROXY, NO_PROXY, etc env vars.

Output

The output of this command is a partial container config spec containing the following keys:

{
  "root": {
    "path": "..." # complete path to the image rootfs, which lives in <image-path>/rootfs
  },
  "process": {
    "env": [
      "VAR=somehting", # list of environmental variables defined in the base image (only if creating from docker/oci images)
      ...
    ]
  },
  "mounts": [  # array of mounts to be performed. This include image volumes and, in the case of `--without-mount` option, includes the rootfs mount options
    {
      "destination": "/opt/local",
      "type": "lofs",
      "source": "/usr/local",
      "options": ["ro","nodevices"]
    }
  ]
}
  • The <image-path>/rootfs folder is where the root filesystem lives.

If the --without-mount flag is provided (or create.without_mount = true in config), the config spec json returned will include the rootfs mount as the first item in the mounts array:

  ...
  "mounts": [
    {
      "destination": "/path/to/rootfs",
      "type": "overlay",
      "source": "overlay",
      "options": ["lowerdir=..."]
    },
  ...
  ]

The --without-mount option exists so that GrootFS can be run as non-root. The mount information is compatible with OCI container spec.

Disk Quotas & Tardis

GrootFS supports per-filesystem disk-quotas through the Tardis binary. XFS disk-quotas can only be enabled by a root user, therefore Tardis must be owned by root, with the user bit set, and moved somewhere in the $PATH.

make
chown root tardis
chmod u+s tardis
mv tardis /usr/local/bin/

Once Tardis is configured, you can apply a quota to the rootfs:

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs create \
        --disk-limit-size-bytes 10485760 \
        docker:///ubuntu:latest \
        my-image-id

Deleting an image

You can destroy a created rootfs image by calling grootfs delete with the image-id:

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs delete my-image-id

Or the rootfs image path:

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs delete /mnt/xfs/images/<uid>/my-image-id

Caveats:

The store is based on the effective user running the command. If the user tries to delete a rootfs image that does not belong to her/him the command fails.

Stats

You can get stats from an image by calling grootfs stats with the image-id:

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs stats my-image-id

Or the image path:

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs delete /mnt/xfs/images/<uid>/my-image-id

This will result in a JSON object of the following form:

{
  "disk_usage": {
    "total_bytes_used": 132169728,
    "exclusive_bytes_used": 16384
  }
}

total_bytes_used refers to the total space the image takes. exclusive_bytes_used is the amount of space the image takes excluding the base image, i.e.: just the container data.

Clean up

grootfs --store /mnt/xfs clean

When clean is called, any layers that aren't being used by a rootfs that currently exists are deleted from the store*.

For example: Imagine that we create two rootfs images from different base images, Image A and Image B:

- Image A
  Layers:
    - layer-1
    - layer-2
    - layer-3

- Image B
  Layers:
    - layer-1
    - layer-4
    - layer-5

They have a layer in common, layer-1. And after deleting Image B, layer-4 and layer-5 can be collected by clean, but not layer-1 because Image A still uses that layer.

It is safe to run the command in parallel, it does not interfere with other creations or deletions.

The clean command has an optional integer parameter, threshold-bytes, and when the store* size is under that threshold clean is a no-op, it does not remove anything. On the other hand, if the store* is over the threshold it cleans up any resource that is not being used. If 0 is provided it will behave the same way as if the flag wasn't specified, it will clean up everything that's not being used. If a non integer or negative integer is provided, the command fails without cleaning up anything.

Caveats:

The store is based on the effective user running the command. If the user tries to clean up a store that does not belong to her/him the command fails.

* It takes only into account the volumes folders in the store.

Logging

By default GrootFS will not emit any logging, you can set the log level with the --log-level flag:

grootfs --log-level debug create ...

It also supports redirecting the logs to a log file:

grootfs --log-level debug --log-file /var/log/grootfs.log create ...

Metrics

GrootFS emits the following metrics with each command. These are emitted via Dropsonde to the Metron Agent and can be integrated with a monitoring application e.g. Datadog.

Create

Metric Name Units Description
ImageCreationTime nanos Total duration of Image Creation
UnpackTime nanos Total time taken to unpack a layer
DownloadTime nanos Total time taken to download a layer
StoreUsage bytes Total bytes in use in the Store at the end of the command
UnusedLayersSize bytes Total bytes taken up by unused layers at the end of the command
SharedLockingTime nanos Total time the shared store lock is held by the command
ExclusiveLockingTime nanos Total time the exclusive store lock is held by the command
grootfs-create.run int Cumulative count of Create executions
grootfs-create.run.fail int Cumulative count of failed Create executions
grootfs-create.run.success int Cumulative count of successful Create executions
grootfs-error.create Emits when an error has occurred

Clean

Metric Name Units Description
ImageCleanTime nanos Total duration of Clean
StoreUsage bytes Total bytes in use in the Store at the end of the command
UnusedLayersSize bytes Total bytes taken up by unused layers at the end of the command
ExclusiveLockingTime nanos Total time the exclusive store lock is held by the command
grootfs-clean.run int Cumulative count of Clean executions
grootfs-clean.run.fail int Cumulative count of failed Clean executions
grootfs-clean.run.success int Cumulative count of successful Clean executions
grootfs-error.clean Emits when an error has occurred

Delete

Metric Name Units Description
ImageDeletionTime nanos Total duration of Image Deletion
UnusedLayersSize bytes Total bytes taken up by unused layers at the end of the command
grootfs-delete.run int Cumulative count of Delete executions
grootfs-delete.run.fail int Cumulative count of failed Delete executions
grootfs-delete.run.success int Cumulative count of successful Delete executions
grootfs-error.delete Emits when an error has occurred

Stats

Metric Name Units Description
ImageStatsTime nanos Total duration of retrieving Image Stats
grootfs-stats.run int Cumulative count of Stats executions
grootfs-stats.run.fail int Cumulative count of failed Stats executions
grootfs-stats.run.success int Cumulative count of successful Stats executions
grootfs-error.stats Emits when an error has occurred

Running tests in Concourse

GrootFS uses Concourse for both Continuous Integration (CI) and testing. One way of running tests locally is with concourse-lite, which is a Vagrant box.

Starting Concourse Lite

vagrant box add concourse/lite
vagrant init concourse/lite
vagrant up

Running tests

To run all tests

make test

To run just unit or integration tests

make unit
make integration

Known Issues

Restrictions when running as a non-root user

  • GrootFS cannot use docker:///centos when run as a non-root user without UID/GID mappings. CentOS sets the /root permissions to 0550 (i.e.: r-xr-x---) and therefore, when GrootFS runs as a non-root user it cannot write files into the rootfs /root. You can work around this by either running as root or using a UID/GID mapping.

  • Files not visible to the calling user in the base image won't be in the resulting rootfs.

  • The store must have the right permissions or ownership for the calling user otherwise the command will fail.

  • The calling user can only delete the rootfs that it owns.

  • The calling user can only cleanup the cached volumes that it owns.

  • The calling user can only request stats for the rootfs that it owns.

Misc

  • All devices inside a image are ignored.

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