New Spinnaker Contribution Walkthrough Session

This page contains notes for the New Spinnaker Contribution Walkthrough session. Register for the session on the Gardening Days schedule.

Registered attendees will receive credentials to access their own Kubernetes namespace on an AWS EKS cluster for the duration of the event.

Attendees are encouraged to use this environment for their hackathon projects as well.

Session goals

  • Use Spinnaker Operator to install Spinnaker in your Kubernetes namespace
  • Combine tools like Telepresence and kubectl to modify service locally and interact with your remote cluster
  • Get hands on contribution experience by adding a new Pipeline Stage to Spinnaker


Save your Kubernetes config file

The session instructor creates a Kubernetes namespace on EKS for each registered attendee and emails a download link. Save this YAML file to your local ~./kube/ directory. You can name the file anything you’d like, but for this workshop we suggest garden.yaml.

Subsequent steps in this workshop refer to your kubeconfig file as garden.yaml.

Install software

  • Download and install IntelliJ Community Edition.

    • Install the EnvFile plugin to easily import variables into your Run configurations.
  • Install JDK 11.

    • Mac

      brew tap AdoptOpenJDK/openjdk
      brew cask install adoptopenjdk11
    • Windows instructions

  • Install Yarn (installs Node.js if not installed).

  • Install kubectl.

  • Install Telepresence.

    • Mac

      brew cask install osxfuse
      brew install datawire/blackbird/telepresence
    • Windows instructions

Fork and clone Orca and Deck repositories

Fork the repositories in the UI, then clone them to your local machine. Check out the release branch of these services so that we’re working against the latest stable version:

git clone<your-github-username>/orca.git
git clone<your-github-username>/deck.git
cd orca
git checkout release-1.21.x
cd ../deck
git checkout release-1.21.x

Import the Orca project into IntelliJ. File -> Open, select orca/build.gradle, and import as a new project. You can continue on with the following steps while IntelliJ imports the project.

You can also build Orca using Gradle on the command line:

cd orca

Build Deck via the command line:

cd deck

You can ignore the gyp not found error when you build Deck.

Install Spinnaker

Create a repository for yourself based on the template repository here.

Use spinsvc.yml to deploy Spinnaker on the EKS cluster your instructor set up for you. Download the file. Update the last part of the s3 bucket name on L26 with your namespace name. You can find your namespace name on L10 of the Kubernetes config that you downloaded earlier.

  # spec.spinnakerConfig - This section is how to specify configuration spinnaker
    # spec.spinnakerConfig.config - This section contains the contents of a deployment found in a halconfig .deploymentConfigurations[0]
      version: 1.21.0
        persistentStoreType: s3
          bucket: gardening-days-FIXME # replace with gardening-days-<your-namespace>
          rootFolder: front50

For example, if your namespace is “aimee”, change gardening-days-FIXME to gardening-days-aimee in the s3:bucket section.

Save the file.

Export your KUBECONFIG file and kubectl apply the spinsvc.yaml custom resource definition to install Spinnaker. You only have access to your namespace, so you do not need to include the -n <namespace> parameter.

kubectl --kubeconfig ~/.kube/<kube-config-file-name>.yaml apply -f <spinnaker-service-file>.yaml

For example:

kubectl --kubeconfig ~/.kube/garden.yaml apply -f spinsvc.yaml

Check the status of the Spinnaker pods:

 kubectl --kubeconfig ~/.kube/garden.yaml get pods

You should see output similar to the following:

 NAME                                READY   STATUS              RESTARTS   AGE
spin-clouddriver-7fb7bf898d-8cl8r   0/1     Running             0          22s
spin-deck-7dccfc7b78-kvhhw          1/1     Running             0          22s
spin-echo-6785784d68-zpwbz          0/1     Running             0          22s
spin-front50-75dcbc8cf7-jsr4k       0/1     Running             0          22s
spin-gate-85c85856c5-rm7kt          0/1     Running             0          22s
spin-orca-65d4c5848f-qw748          0/1     Running             0          22s
spin-redis-677f644ff-kt6qk          1/1     Running             0          22s
spin-rosco-79b55d5c99-zkq4w         0/1     ContainerCreating   0          22s

Port forward Gate and Deck services

In your current Terminal window, forward the Deck port:

kubectl --kubeconfig ~/.kube/garden.yaml port-forward svc/spin-deck 9000

Open another Terminal session and forward the Gate port:

kubectl --kubeconfig ~/.kube/garden.yaml port-forward svc/spin-gate 8084

Start Telepresence for the local Orca service

In a new Terminal session, change to the Orca directory and start Telepresence:

cd <path-to-orca-clone>
KUBECONFIG=~/.kube/garden.yaml telepresence --swap-deployment spin-orca --env-file .env-telepresence

You may see a permission error on OSX similar to:

T: Mounting remote volumes failed, they will be unavailable in this session. If you are running on Windows Subystem for Linux then see, otherwise please report a bug,
T: attaching telepresence.log to the bug report:
T: Mount error was: mount_osxfuse: the file system is not available (1)

You need to allow the app in System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General. Then exit the Telepresence session and execute the telepresence command again.

Upon success, Telepresence creates an .env-telepresence file in the directory where you executed the telepresence command.

Copy Spinnaker configs to your local directory

You can see the Spinnaker config files in the Telepresence session:

ls $TELEPRESENCE_ROOT/opt/spinnaker/config


orca-local.yml orca.yml       spinnaker.yml

Copy those files to your local ~/.spinnaker directory:

cp -R $TELEPRESENCE_ROOT/opt/spinnaker/config/ ~/.spinnaker

Run Orca in IntelliJ

  1. Click the Add Configuration or Edit Configurations button to open the Run/Debug Configurations window.

    1. Click the + button to create a new configuration.
    2. Select Application.
    3. Enter “RunOrcaTelepresence” in the Name field.
    4. On the Configuration tab
      • Main class Click the button. Wait for the list to load and then select Main ( Alternately, click on Project and navigate to orca > orca-web > src > main > groovy > > orca > Main.
      • In the dropdown for Use classpath of module, select orca-web_main

      Run Orca Telepresence configuration

    5. On the EnvFile tab

      • Select Enable EnvFile
      • Click the + sign
      • Add… and select .env file
      • Add .env-telepresence

      Add telepresence file

    6. Click Apply and then OK.
  2. Run orca using the RunOrcaTelepresence configuration.

    Success output is similar to:

     INFO 18111 --- [main] [] Started Main in 11.123 seconds (JVM running for 11.933)


If you can’t configure Orca to run in IntelliJ:

  • You can try closing the project and deleting any *.iml and .idea files. Then select File -> Open and select the settings.gradle file of the project (orca directory)

If you see errors about fiat when you run Orca:

  • Make sure you have orca-local.yml, orca.yml, and spinnaker.yml in your local .spinnaker directory. If those files are missing, either you missed the step to copy those files to your local .spinnaker directory or Telepresence started but didn’t have permission to mount a local volume. If you are on OSX and granted permission while Telepresence was running, you need to restart Telepresence and then copy the config files.

If you see errors about Redis when you run Orca:

  • Make sure Telepresence has started without permission errors
  • Make sure the Redis container is running

    kubectl --kubeconfig ~/.kube/garden.yaml get pods

Create a new stage

You can access code for this section in this gist