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Set Kubelet parameters via a config file

A subset of the Kubelet's configuration parameters may be set via an on-disk config file, as a substitute for command-line flags.

Providing parameters via a config file is the recommended approach because it simplifies node deployment and configuration management.

Create the config file

The subset of the Kubelet's configuration that can be configured via a file is defined by the KubeletConfiguration struct.

The configuration file must be a JSON or YAML representation of the parameters in this struct. Make sure the Kubelet has read permissions on the file.

Here is an example of what this file might look like:

kind: KubeletConfiguration
address: ""
port: 20250
serializeImagePulls: false
    memory.available:  "200Mi"

In the example, the Kubelet is configured to serve on IP address and port 20250, pull images in parallel, and evict Pods when available memory drops below 200Mi. Since only one of the four evictionHard thresholds is configured, other evictionHard thresholds are reset to 0 from their built-in defaults. All other Kubelet configuration values are left at their built-in defaults, unless overridden by flags. Command line flags which target the same value as a config file will override that value.

Start a Kubelet process configured via the config file

Start the Kubelet with the --config flag set to the path of the Kubelet's config file. The Kubelet will then load its config from this file.

Note that command line flags which target the same value as a config file will override that value. This helps ensure backwards compatibility with the command-line API.

Note that relative file paths in the Kubelet config file are resolved relative to the location of the Kubelet config file, whereas relative paths in command line flags are resolved relative to the Kubelet's current working directory.

Note that some default values differ between command-line flags and the Kubelet config file. If --config is provided and the values are not specified via the command line, the defaults for the KubeletConfiguration version apply. In the above example, this version is

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Last modified October 02, 2022 at 8:58 PM PST: Updated the behaviour of evictionHard (#36961) (8ff7e1845d)