# Atomic Host Red Hat Summit Lab

Red Hat Summit was a blast this year. I participated in several Hands On Labs to help the community learn about the new tools that are available in the ecosystem. For one of the labs I wrote up a section on Atomic Host, but more specifically on rpm-ostree. I have copied a portion of the lab here as well as added example text to the code blocks.

## Lab Intro

Atomic Host is a minimalistic operating system that is designed to contain a very small subset of tools that are needed for running container based applications. A few of it's features are shown below:

• It is Lightweight
• a small base means less potential issues.
• Provides Atomic Upgrades and Rollbacks
• upgrades/rollbacks are staged and take effect on reboot
• Static and Dynamic
• software/binaries in /usr and other similar directories are read-only
• this guarantees no changes have been made to the software
• configuration and temporary directories are read/write
• you can still make important configuration changes and have them propagate forward

We will explore some of these features as we illustrate a bit of the lifecycle of managing a RHEL Atomic Host.

## Hello rpm-ostree World

In an rpm-ostree world you can't install new software on the system or even touch most of the software that exists. Go ahead and try:

-bash-4.2# echo 'Crazy Talk' > /usr/bin/docker


What we can do is configure the existing software on the system using the provided mechanisms for configuration. We can illustrate this by writing to motd and then logging in to see the message:

-bash-4.2# echo 'Lab 1 is fun' > /etc/motd
-bash-4.2# ssh root@localhost
Last login: Fri Jun  5 02:26:59 2015 from localhost
Lab 1 is fun
-bash-4.2# exit
logout
Connection to localhost closed.


Even though we can't install new software, your Atomic Host operating system isn't just a black box. The rpm command is there and we can run queries just the same as if we were on a traditional system. This is quite useful because we can use the tools we are familiar with to investigate the system. Try out a few rpm queries on the Atomic Host:

-bash-4.2# rpm -q kernel
kernel-3.10.0-229.4.2.el7.x86_64
-bash-4.2# rpm -qf /usr/bin/vi
vim-minimal-7.4.160-1.el7.x86_64
-bash-4.2# rpm -q --changelog util-linux | wc -l
1832


Another nice thing about atomic, or rather the underlying ostree software is that it is like git for your OS. At any point in time you can see what has changed between what was delivered in the tree vs. what is on the system. That means for those few directories that are read/write, you can easily view what changes have been made to them.

Let's take a look at the existing differences between what we have and what was delivered in the tree:

-bash-4.2# ostree admin config-diff | head -n 5
M    motd
M    group
M    hosts


You can see right in the middle the the motd file we just modified.

As a final step before we do an upgrade let's run a container and verify all is working:

-bash-4.2# docker run -d -p 80:80 --name=test
repo.atomic.lab:5000/apache
e18a5f7d54c8dbe0d352e2c2854af16d27f166d11b95bc37a3b4267cfcd39cd6
-bash-4.2# curl http://localhost
Apache
-bash-4.2# docker rm -f test
test


Ok, now that we have took a little tour, let's actually perform an upgrade in which we move from one version of the tree to a newer version. First, let's check the current status of the system:

-bash-4.2# atomic host status
TIMESTAMP (UTC)         VERSION   ID             OSNAME               REFSPEC
* 2015-05-30 04:10:40               d306dcf255     rhel-atomic-host     lab:labtree
2015-05-07 19:00:48     7.1.2     203dd666d3     rhel-atomic-host     rhel-atomic-host-ostree:rhel-...


Note that the * indicates which tree is currently booted. The ID is a short commit ID for that commit in the tree. The REFSPEC for the latest tree specifies the remote we are using (lab) and the ref that we are tracking (labtree). Quite a lot of information!

A fun fact is that the atomic host command is just a frontend for the rpm-ostree utility. It has some of the functionality of the rpm-ostree utility that is suitable for most daily use. Let's use rpm-ostree now to check the status:

-bash-4.2# rpm-ostree status
TIMESTAMP (UTC)         VERSION   ID             OSNAME               REFSPEC
* 2015-05-30 04:10:40               d306dcf255     rhel-atomic-host     lab:labtree
2015-05-07 19:00:48     7.1.2     203dd666d3     rhel-atomic-host     rhel-atomic-host-ostree:rhel-...


The next step is to actually move to a new tree. For the purposes of this lab, and to illustrate Atomic's usefulness, we are actually going to upgrade to a tree that has some bad software in it. If we were to run an atomic host upgrade command then it would actually take us to the newest commit in the repo. In this case we want to go to an intermediate commit (a bad one) so we are going to run a special command to get us there:

-bash-4.2# rpm-ostree rebase lab:badtree

26 metadata, 37 content objects fetched; 101802 KiB transferred in 7 seconds
Copying /etc changes: 26 modified, 8 removed, 70 added
Transaction complete; bootconfig swap: yes deployment count change: 0
Freed objects: 180.1 MB
Deleting ref 'lab:labtree'
Changed:
etcd-2.0.11-2.el7.x86_64
kubernetes-0.17.1-1.el7.x86_64
Removed:
setools-console-3.3.7-46.el7.x86_64


What we did there was rebase to another ref (badtree), but we kept with the same remote (lab).

So we have rebased to a new tree but we aren't yet using that tree. During upgrade the new environment is staged for the next boot, but not yet being used. This allows the upgrade to be atomic. Before we reboot we can check the status. You will see the new tree as well as the old tree listed. The * still should be next to the old tree since that is the tree that is currently booted and running:

-bash-4.2# atomic host status
TIMESTAMP (UTC)         ID             OSNAME               REFSPEC
* 2015-05-30 04:10:40     d306dcf255     rhel-atomic-host     lab:labtree


After checking the status reboot the machine in order to boot into the new tree.

## Rolling Back

So why would you ever need to roll back? It's a perfect world and nothing ever breaks right? No! Sometimes problems arise and it is always nice to have an undo button to fix it. In the case of Atomic, there is atomic host rollback. Do we need to use it now? Let's see if everything is OK on the system:

-bash-4.2# atomic host status
TIMESTAMP (UTC)         ID             OSNAME               REFSPEC
* 2015-05-30 04:39:22     146b72d9d7     rhel-atomic-host     lab:badtree
2015-05-30 04:10:40     d306dcf255     rhel-atomic-host     lab:labtree
-bash-4.2#
-bash-4.2# docker run -d -p 80:80 --name=test repo.atomic.lab:5000/apache
ERROR
-bash-4.2# curl http://localhost
curl: (7) Failed connect to localhost:80; Connection refused
-bash-4.2# systemctl --failed | head -n 3
docker.service loaded failed failed Docker Application Container Engine


Did anything fail? Of course it did. So let's press the eject button and get ourselves back to safety:

-bash-4.2# atomic host rollback
Moving 'd306dcf255b370e5702206d064f2ca2e24d1ebf648924d52a2e00229d5b08365.0' to be first deployment
Transaction complete; bootconfig swap: yes deployment count change: 0
Changed:
etcd-2.0.9-2.el7.x86_64
kubernetes-0.15.0-0.4.git0ea87e4.el7.x86_64
setools-console-3.3.7-46.el7.x86_64
Sucessfully reset deployment order; run "systemctl reboot" to start a reboot
-bash-4.2# reboot


Now, let's check to see if we are back to a good state:

-bash-4.2# atomic host status
TIMESTAMP (UTC)         ID             OSNAME               REFSPEC
* 2015-05-30 04:10:40     d306dcf255     rhel-atomic-host     lab:labtree
-bash-4.2# docker run -d -p 80:80 --name=test repo.atomic.lab:5000/apache
a28a5f80bc2d1da9d405199f88951a62a7c4c125484d30fbb6eb2c4c032ef7f3
-bash-4.2# curl http://localhost
Apache
-bash-4.2# docker rm -f test
test


All dandy!

So since the badtree has been released the developers fixed the bug and have put out a new tree that is fixed. Now we can upgrade to the newest tree. As part of this upgrade let's explore some of the rpm-ostree features.

First, create a file in /etc/ and show that ostree knows that it has been created and differs from the tree that was delivered:

-bash-4.2# echo "Before Upgrade d306dcf255" > /etc/before-upgrade.txt


Now we can do the upgrade:

-bash-4.2# atomic host upgrade --reboot
Updating from: lab:labtree

48 metadata, 54 content objects fetched; 109056 KiB transferred in 9 seconds
Copying /etc changes: 26 modified, 8 removed, 74 added
Transaction complete; bootconfig swap: yes deployment count change: 0


After the upgrade let's actually run a few commands to see the actual difference is (in terms of rpms) between the two trees:

-bash-4.2# atomic host status
TIMESTAMP (UTC)         ID             OSNAME               REFSPEC
* 2015-05-30 05:12:55     ec89f90273     rhel-atomic-host     lab:labtree
2015-05-30 04:10:40     d306dcf255     rhel-atomic-host     lab:labtree
-bash-4.2# rpm-ostree db diff -F diff d306dcf255 ec89f90273
ostree diff commit old: d306dcf255 (d306dcf255b370e5702206d064f2ca2e24d1ebf648924d52a2e00229d5b08365)
ostree diff commit new: ec89f90273 (ec89f902734e70b4e8fbe5000e87dd944a3c95ffdb04ef92f364e5aaab049813)
!atomic-0-0.22.git5b2fa8d.el7.x86_64
=atomic-0-0.26.gitcc9aed4.el7.x86_64
!docker-1.6.0-11.el7.x86_64
=docker-1.6.0-15.el7.x86_64
!docker-python-1.0.0-35.el7.x86_64
=docker-python-1.0.0-39.el7.x86_64
!docker-selinux-1.6.0-11.el7.x86_64
=docker-selinux-1.6.0-15.el7.x86_64
!docker-storage-setup-0.0.4-2.el7.noarch
=docker-storage-setup-0.5-2.el7.x86_64
!etcd-2.0.9-2.el7.x86_64
=etcd-2.0.11-2.el7.x86_64
!kubernetes-0.15.0-0.4.git0ea87e4.el7.x86_64
=kubernetes-0.17.1-4.el7.x86_64
+kubernetes-master-0.17.1-4.el7.x86_64
+kubernetes-node-0.17.1-4.el7.x86_64
!python-websocket-client-0.14.1-78.el7.noarch
=python-websocket-client-0.14.1-82.el7.noarch
-setools-console-3.3.7-46.el7.x86_64


This shows added, removed, changed rpms between the two trees.

Now remember that file we created before the upgrade? Is it still there? Let's check and also create a new file that represents the after upgrade state:

-bash-4.2# cat /etc/before-upgrade.txt


Now which of the files do you think will exist after a rollback? Only you can find out!:

-bash-4.2# rpm-ostree rollback --reboot
Moving 'd306dcf255b370e5702206d064f2ca2e24d1ebf648924d52a2e00229d5b08365.0' to be first deployment
Transaction complete; bootconfig swap: yes deployment count change: 0


After rollback:

-bash-4.2# atomic host status
TIMESTAMP (UTC)         ID             OSNAME               REFSPEC
* 2015-05-30 04:10:40     d306dcf255     rhel-atomic-host     lab:labtree
2015-05-30 05:12:55     ec89f90273     rhel-atomic-host     lab:labtree
-bash-4.2# ls -l /etc/*.txt
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 26 Jun  5 03:35 /etc/before-upgrade.txt


## Fin!

Now you know quite a bit about upgrading, rolling back, and querying information from your Atomic Host. Have fun exploring!

Dusty