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Add podman's events_logger option by default set to journald

By default podman 3.0.x sets the [engine]/events_logger to "file".
This causes every exec in podman to create a line of text in
/run/libpod/events/events.log like the following:

  {"ID":"412b6770c0b418e6d49a4801e71a198ddb81bbbefdaf1c9aad4d7948f77910ee","Image":"","Name":"leak-test-7","Status":"exec","Time":"2021-06-03T08:36:05.237964012Z","Type":"container","Attributes":{"":"20201204","org.label-schema.license":"GPLv2","":"CentOS Base Image","org.label-schema.schema-version":"1.0","org.label-schema.vendor":"CentOS"}}

Since by default /run is mounted on tmpfs, this has the side-effect of
increasing kernel slab objects over time indefinitely eventually causing
an OOM of the box.

We initially wanted to switch to the 'none' backend, but the podman
folks recommended using the journald backend because events logs are
used by podman in case of a rare race when running "podman run --rm".
Given that we call run with --rm from in a multithreaded fashion this
seems to be the safest approach. The drawback of using journald is
that events won't be logged for rootless containers unless the user
is part of the 'wheel' group. We believe we're not using those
containers in tripleo anyways, so this should be safe.

Tested by applying a backport of this patch to Train + podman 3.0.x and
got the following:
[root@controller-0 containers]# ls -la /run/libpod/events/
total 0
drwx------. 2 root root  40 Jun  3 11:55 .
drwxr-x--x. 5 root root 140 Jun  3 11:55 ..

[root@controller-0 containers]# more /etc/containers/containers.conf
pids_limit = 4096
events_logger = "journald"

Also tested the override via the corresponding THT change in

Closes-Bug: #1923607

Change-Id: I780103e17f1bb42a0546c30bd6c001c642ad88b3
(cherry picked from commit f31bab878b)
Michele Baldessari 2 weeks ago
2 changed files with 11 additions and 3 deletions
  1. +1
  2. +10

+ 1
- 0
tripleo_ansible/roles/tripleo_podman/defaults/main.yml View File

@ -77,3 +77,4 @@ tripleo_podman_default_network_config:
# blocked: true
tripleo_podman_registries: []
tripleo_container_default_pids_limit: 4096
tripleo_container_events_logger_mechanism: journald

+ 10
- 3
tripleo_ansible/roles/tripleo_podman/tasks/tripleo_podman_install.yml View File

@ -70,6 +70,13 @@
setype: etc_t
mode: '0644'
create: true
section: containers
option: pids_limit
value: "{{ tripleo_container_default_pids_limit }}"
section: "{{ item.section }}"
option: "{{ item.option }}"
value: "{{ item.value }}"
- section: containers
option: pids_limit
value: "{{ tripleo_container_default_pids_limit }}"
- section: engine
option: events_logger
value: "\"{{ tripleo_container_events_logger_mechanism }}\""