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An easy to use Rust application that automatically spins down and expires unused OKD projects.

This is an application I worked on during the CSH summer hackathon. It's used to increase the ease of management of old OKD projects on CSH's Openshift cluster. We don't have a good way of managing these applications, so here it is!

At its core, this tool queries the Openshift API for a particular project's info, queries a MongoDB server for data, and then reacts to that data.

Basic features:

  • Operate on a cron-based schedule
  • Track all OKD namespaces, their admins, and when they were last deployed (or one of a few other timestamps, if those don't exist)
    • Store metrics on Openshift project lifespans in MongoDB
  • Notify admins of those namespaces when their namespace hits a certain age (according to the build timestamp)
  • Spin down, back up, and delete old projects to save resources

Also check out the frontend! (In development)


Recommended distro: Ubuntu 18.04

To use this application, download the file and run it as root. It will fetch the latest release binary, as well as a env file, if you don't have one, and install your crontab. From there, you must fill out the .env file with your OKD cluster info, a mongodb, mailing info and options, a backup path, and a log path.


ShelfLife uses cronjobs to complete its tasks. The default looks like this:

0 * * * 1-3 /usr/local/bin/shelflife -a #On the hour, every hour, Sat-Wed,
0 * * * 6-7 /usr/loca/bin/shelflife -a  #query the OKD cluster for changes

0 12 * * 4 /usr/local/bin/shelflife -D  # On Thursday at noon, do a dryrun of the 
                                        # actions to be taken, and let the
                                        # admins know what is about to happen

0 12 * * 5 /usr/local/bin/shelflife -C  # On Friday at noon, do a cull,
                                        # and send a report of the cull to
                                        # the admins.

To use the shelflife command line, run shelflife and pass it flags:

CLI Arguments

    shelflife [FLAGS] [OPTIONS]

    -a, --all                   Queries all available namespaces and adds/updates any that are missing/outdated to the
    -c, --cull                  Checks graylist for projects that need attention. Takes appropriate course of action.
    -C, --cull_with_report      Culls, and generates and sends a report to ShelfLife admins.
    -d, --dryrun                Checks graylist for projects that need attention. Takes no action.
    -D, --dryrun_with_report    Dryruns, and generates and sends a report to ShelfLife admins.
    -h, --help                  Prints help information
    -l, --list                  Print namespaces currently tracked in the database.
    -V, --version               Prints version information
    -w, --whitelist             Enables whitelist mode for that command, performing operations on the whitelist instead
                                of the greylist.

    -k, --known <NAMESPACE>      Query API and ShelfLife Database for a known namespace. If it is missing from the
                                 database, the user is asked if they want to add it.
    -p, --project <NAMESPACE>    Query API for project info about a namespace.
    -r, --remove <NAMESPACE>     Removes a namespace from the database.


Firstly, I just wanna say, "Thanks!"

Next, here's what you'll need:


  • An Openshift cluster that can be accessed via API calls
  • An admin™ account for ShelfLife to view and manage namespaces
  • MongoDB installed and running (
  • A .env file to store Openshift cluster information, DB information, and a few other miscellaneous things. Get started by copying the provided .env.sample file to .env and then fill in the appropriate values.


Build Dependencies

  • Ubuntu (Server 18.04 recommended)

  • build-essential

  • libssl-dev

  • pkg-config

  • Clone the repo and run the install script.

git clone
  • Run the following commands on your openshift cluster:
oc create sa shelflife-dev-bot # Create a service account for shelflife to use.
oc adm policy add-cluster-role-to-user cluster-admin system:serviceaccount:default:shelflife-dev-bot # Make the service account an admin on your cluster.
oc get token shelflife-dev-bot # Spits out the API token.
  • Copy the API token, cluster URL, and email credentials into the .env file.
  • Configure the .env file with your email information.
  • Go to town.