Embedded kURL Cluster Operator (EKCO) Add-On

The EKCO add-on is a utility tool to perform maintenance operations on a kURL cluster.

The Kurl add-on installs:

  • The EKCO operator into the kurl namespace

Advanced Install Options

    version: "v0.1.0"
    nodeUnreachableTolerationDuration: 1h
    minReadyMasterNodeCount: 2
    minReadyWorkerNodeCount: 0
      shouldMaintainStorageNodes: true
Flag Usage
ekco-node-unreachable-toleration-duration How long a Node must be unreachable before considered dead. Default is 1h.
ekco-min-ready-master-node-count Don't purge the node if it will result in less than this many ready masters. Default is 2.
ekco-min-ready-worker-node-count Don't purge the node if it will result in less than this many ready workers. Default is 0.
ekco-disable-should-maintain-rook-storage-nodes Whether to maintain the list of nodes to use in the CephCluster config. Default is true when rook addon is installed.

Operator Tasks

This section describes maintenance tasks that the EKCO operator performs.

Purge nodes

In an HA Kubernetes cluster the EKCO operator will automatically purge failed nodes that have been unreachable for more than node_unreachable_toleration (default 1h). The following steps will be taken during a purge:

  1. Delete the Deployment resource for the OSD from the rook-ceph namespace
  2. Exec into the Rook operator pod and run the command ceph osd purge <id>
  3. Delete the Node resource
  4. Remove the node from the CephCluster resource named rook-ceph in the rook-ceph namespace unless storage is managed automatically with useAllNodes: true
  5. (Masters only) Connect to the etcd cluster and remove the peer
  6. (Masters only) Remove the apiEndpoint for the node from the kubeadm-config ConfigMap in the kube-system namespace

Manual Node Purge

A command will be made available on all master nodes to manually purge a node. This command takes a parameter [name] of the node you would like to purge. The command will inherit all configuration from the EKCO operator running in the cluster.

$ ekco-purge-node --help
Manually purge a Kurl cluster node

  ekco purge-node [name] [flags]

      --certificates_dir string       Kubernetes certificates directory (default "/etc/kubernetes/pki")
  -h, --help                          help for purge-node
      --maintain_rook_storage_nodes   Add and remove nodes to the ceph cluster and scale replication of pools
      --min_ready_master_nodes int    Minimum number of ready master nodes required for auto-purge (default 2)
      --min_ready_worker_nodes int    Minimum number of ready worker nodes required for auto-purge

Global Flags:
      --config string      Config file (default is /etc/ekco/config.yaml)
      --log_level string   Log level (default "info")


The EKCO operator is responsible for appending nodes to the CephCluster storage.nodes setting to include the node in the list of nodes used by Ceph for storage. This operation will only append nodes. Removing nodes is done during purge.

EKCO is also responsible for adjusting the Ceph block pool, filesystem and object store replication factor up and down in accordance with the size of the cluster from min_ceph_pool_replication (default 1) to max_ceph_pool_replication (default 3).