Git-based Continuous Delivery with Rio

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Using Rio in a compact Kubernetes cluster for Git-based continuous delivery.
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Rio is a MicroPaaS for Kubernetes designed to run using minimal resources. Rio provides automatic DNS and HTTPS, load balancing, routing, metrics and more. Use it to remove the chore of creating and managing a secure IT infrastructure.

k3s is a lightweight, certified Kubernetes distribution capable of running on constrained hardware and therefore ideal for local, edge and IoT substrates. K3s was originally developed for Rio but useful enough to stand on its own.

Today I’m going to show you how to easily set-up k3s and Rio on Manjaro Linux and use them to create a self-hosted, git-based continuous delivery pipeline to serve your own website.

If you’re not yet familiar with Kubernetes, no problem. Please let this gentle introduction serve as your practical guide. When you’re finished you’ll have a better understanding of the concepts and tools used in container orchestration and a shiny new website you can use to demonstrate your skills.


This tutorial was written for Manjaro Linux. If you’re using Windows or macOS you can do this from a Virtual Machine or dual-boot configuration.

Alternatively you may also adapt these instructions for use on an ODROID, Vultr VPS or even a low-cost personal Raspberry Pi (4GB RAM models).

Guide assumes some command line skills and working knowledge of git.

Install and Run K3s

To run k3s on Manjaro, open Terminal and use Pamac to build it from AUR:

pamac build k3s-bin

You should see output like:

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Building k3s-bin...
==> Making package: k3s-bin 0.8.0-1 (Rab 21 Agu 2019 11:19:26  WITA)
==> Checking runtime dependencies...
==> Checking buildtime dependencies...
==> Retrieving sources...
  -> Downloading k3s-0.8.0-x86_64...
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100   594    0   594    0     0    536      0 --:--:--  0:00:01 --:--:--   536
100 40.2M  100 40.2M    0     0   413k      0  0:01:39  0:01:39 --:--:--  546k
  -> Found k3s.service
==> Validating source files with sha256sums...
    k3s-0.8.0-x86_64 ... Passed
    k3s.service ... Passed
==> Removing existing $srcdir/ directory...
==> Extracting sources...
==> Entering fakeroot environment...
==> Starting package()...
==> Tidying install...
  -> Removing libtool files...
  -> Purging unwanted files...
  -> Removing static library files...
  -> Stripping unneeded symbols from binaries and libraries...
  -> Compressing man and info pages...
==> Checking for packaging issues...
==> Creating package "k3s-bin"...
  -> Generating .PKGINFO file...
  -> Generating .BUILDINFO file...
  -> Generating .MTREE file...
  -> Compressing package...
==> Leaving fakeroot environment.
==> Finished making: k3s-bin 0.8.0-1 (Rab 21 Agu 2019 11:21:23  WITA)
==> Cleaning up...

Resolving dependencies...
Checking inter-conflicts...
Checking keyring...                                                       [1/1]
Checking integrity...                                                     [1/1]
Loading packages files...                                                 [1/1]
Checking file conflicts...                                                [1/1]
Checking available disk space...                                          [1/1]
Installing k3s-bin (0.8.0-1)...                                           [1/1]
Running post-transaction hooks...
Reloading system manager configuration...                                 [1/2]
Arming ConditionNeedsUpdate...                                            [2/2]
Transaction successfully finished.

When the build finishes successfully confirm installation by starting the k3s service using systemctl and check its active status:

sudo systemctl start k3s && \
sudo systemctl status k3s

You should see output like:

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● k3s.service - Lightweight Kubernetes
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/k3s.service; disabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Wed 2019-08-21 13:28:07 WITA; 16ms ago
 Main PID: 4287 (k3s-server)
    Tasks: 166
    Memory: 178.1M
    CGroup: /system.slice/k3s.service
            ├─ 2386 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/
 d708b10c136d92bfa998b24257d0346099b87e11b1e -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd570
            ├─ 2402 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/
 644dad12e2e41840ab05d0b7eb778b8999e4f24c0d9 -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd570
            ├─ 2407 /pause
            ├─ 2433 /pause
            ├─ 2537 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/
 bbe93a7247dfbb0253f0bea2703ecac8a5df835dec5 -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd570
            ├─ 2554 nginx: master process nginx
            ├─ 2576 nginx: worker process
            ├─ 4287 /usr/bin/k3s server
            ├─22639 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/
 cafb5f286f14a9e557cdd360ea79f2924d0b26a7dc5 -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd570
            ├─22656 /pause
            ├─22712 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/
 184aa3e96f4e5d53aa16311d581480b8cd136a21c8c -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd570
            ├─22752 /coredns -conf /etc/coredns/Corefile
            ├─22829 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/ -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd5707882786b0e0c840862d6ddc1e8f5c391fb424c9/bin/containerd
            ├─22848 /pause
            ├─22916 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/ -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd5707882786b0e0c840862d6ddc1e8f5c391fb424c9/bin/containerd
            ├─22944 /traefik --configfile=/config/traefik.toml
            ├─23055 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/ -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd5707882786b0e0c840862d6ddc1e8f5c391fb424c9/bin/containerd
            ├─23072 /pause
            ├─23100 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/ -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd5707882786b0e0c840862d6ddc1e8f5c391fb424c9/bin/containerd
            ├─23118 /bin/sh /usr/bin/entry
            ├─23151 containerd-shim -namespace -workdir /var/lib/rancher/k3s/agent/containerd/io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux/ -address /run/k3s/containerd/containerd.sock -containerd-binary /var/lib/rancher/k3s/data/de37a675b342fcd56e57fd5707882786b0e0c840862d6ddc1e8f5c391fb424c9/bin/containerd
            └─23168 /bin/sh /usr/bin/entry

           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc k3s[4287]: E0821 13:28:07.590452    4287 prometheus.go:150] failed to register adds metric /v1, Kind=Endpoints: descriptor Desc{fqName: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_adds", help: "(Deprecated) Total number of adds handled by workqueue: /v1, Kind=Endpoints", constLabels: {}, variableLabels: []} is invalid: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_adds" is not a valid metric name
           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc k3s[4287]: E0821 13:28:07.590505    4287 prometheus.go:162] failed to register latency metric /v1, Kind=Endpoints: descriptor Desc{fqName: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_queue_latency", help: "(Deprecated) How long an item stays in workqueue/v1, Kind=Endpoints before being requested.", constLabels: {}, variableLabels: []} is invalid: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_queue_latency" is not a valid metric name
           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc k3s[4287]: E0821 13:28:07.590554    4287 prometheus.go:174] failed to register work_duration metric /v1, Kind=Endpoints: descriptor Desc{fqName: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_work_duration", help: "(Deprecated) How long processing an item from workqueue/v1, Kind=Endpoints takes.", constLabels: {}, variableLabels: []} is invalid: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_work_duration" is not a valid metric name
           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc k3s[4287]: E0821 13:28:07.590587    4287 prometheus.go:189] failed to register unfinished_work_seconds metric /v1, Kind=Endpoints: descriptor Desc{fqName: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_unfinished_work_seconds", help: "(Deprecated) How many seconds of work /v1, Kind=Endpoints has done that is in progress and hasn't been observed by work_duration. Large values indicate stuck threads. One can deduce the number of stuck threads by observing the rate at which this increases.", constLabels: {}, variableLabels: []} is invalid: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_unfinished_work_seconds" is not a valid metric name
           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc k3s[4287]: E0821 13:28:07.590615    4287 prometheus.go:202] failed to register longest_running_processor_microseconds metric /v1, Kind=Endpoints: descriptor Desc{fqName: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_longest_running_processor_microseconds", help: "(Deprecated) How many microseconds has the longest running processor for /v1, Kind=Endpoints been running.", constLabels: {}, variableLabels: []} is invalid: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_longest_running_processor_microseconds" is not a valid metric name
           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc k3s[4287]: E0821 13:28:07.590658    4287 prometheus.go:214] failed to register retries metric /v1, Kind=Endpoints: descriptor Desc{fqName: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_retries", help: "(Deprecated) Total number of retries handled by workqueue: /v1, Kind=Endpoints", constLabels: {}, variableLabels: []} is invalid: "/v1, Kind=Endpoints_retries" is not a valid metric name
           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc k3s[4287]: time="2019-08-21T13:28:07.642558953+08:00" level=info msg="Wrote kubeconfig /etc/rancher/k3s/k3s.yaml"
           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc k3s[4287]: time="2019-08-21T13:28:07.642579260+08:00" level=info msg="Run: k3s kubectl"
           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc k3s[4287]: time="2019-08-21T13:28:07.642594637+08:00" level=info msg="k3s is up and running"
           Agu 21 13:28:07 jos-pc systemd[1]: Started Lightweight Kubernetes.

Look for an Active running service and note any issues in the logs. When you’re finished reviewing the output press q to return to the command prompt.

Then run the following to validate:

sudo k3s kubectl get node

You should see output like:

jos-pc   Ready    master   4s    v1.14.5-k3s.1
Note: It can take up to 30 seconds for your node to be ready the first time.

This is your Kubernetes Master. Master is the Node responsible for managing your cluster. It may be a single node as shown above or replicated for improved availability (horizontal scale) and redundancy (fault tolerance).

Tip: To delete all existing nodes run sudo k3s kubectl delete node --all.
Tip: Run sudo systemctl restart k3s to restart the k3s service. If your cluster is empty the master node will be recreated for you automatically.

When your master is Ready your cluster is running, ready to do work. Let’s give it something to do by using it to create a MicroPaaS to manage stateless apps.

Deploy Rio into Kubernetes

With the cluster up-and-running download and install the Rio CLI using the following installation script provided in the Rio Quick Start:

curl -sfL | sh -
Note: At time of writing rio-bin wasn’t available via Pamac from the AUR. To check if its available run pamac search rio-bin at the command prompt.

Once finished run sudo rio install to deploy Rio into your K3s cluster. Installation will take several minutes. You should see output like:

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Defaulting cluster CIDR to
Deploying Rio control plane....
| Waiting for all the system components to be up. Not ready: [autoscaler build-
/ Waiting for all the system components to be up. Not ready: [autoscaler build-
- Waiting for all the system components to be up. Not ready: [autoscaler build-
\ Waiting for all the system components to be up. Not ready: [autoscaler build-
| Waiting for all the system components to be up. Not ready: [autoscaler build-
Detecting if clusterDomain is accessible...
ClusterDomain is reachable. Run `rio info` to get more info.
Controller logs are available from `rio systemlogs`

Welcome to Rio!

Run `rio run` as an example

Then run sudo rio info to check component status. You should see output like:

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Rio Version: v0.3.2 (a6eeebe4)
Rio CLI Version: v0.3.2 (a6eeebe4)
Cluster Domain:
Cluster Domain IPs:
System Namespace: rio-system

System Components:
Autoscaler status: running
BuildController status: running
CertManager status: running
Grafana status: running
IstioCitadel status: running
IstioPilot status: running
IstioTelemetry status: running
Kiali status: running
Prometheus status: running
Registry status: running
Webhook status: running

And check Pods with sudo k3s kubectl get po -n rio-system for output like:

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NAME                                READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
activator-657468fc79-6qc25          2/2     Running   0          21m
autoscaler-d7dcb6bf7-bz4sg          2/2     Running   0          21m
build-controller-7449fbc8bc-h7kpd   2/2     Running   0          21m
cert-manager-7dffb75d8d-whqxs       1/1     Running   0          21m
controller-7b569d8785-q7s2v         1/1     Running   0          21m
grafana-5c6f979f59-4pfqz            2/2     Running   0          21m
istio-citadel-79589dc8bc-b7r95      1/1     Running   0          21m
istio-gateway-n84bn                 2/2     Running   0          21m
istio-pilot-f69cf4f5b-rj2xv         2/2     Running   0          21m
istio-telemetry-7dcb5c78cb-44tzs    2/2     Running   0          21m
kiali-7b998f55c6-r5h67              2/2     Running   0          21m
prometheus-5cd76fdb66-bh4gg         1/1     Running   0          21m
registry-7c9d85f977-xl2mk           2/2     Running   0          21m
registry-proxy-klw7d                1/1     Running   0          21m
rio-controller-f96644854-cr6cf      1/1     Running   0          22m
socat-qbbtl                         1/1     Running   0          21m
svclb-istio-gateway-v0-fbh46        2/2     Running   0          21m
webhook-855c97bd7-659k9             1/1     Running   0          21m

If you see the expected output, you’ve just created your own MicroPaaS capable of building, testing, deploying, scaling, and versioning stateless apps using a lightweight Kubernetes cluster suitable for both edge and IoT.

Before we learn at how to use Rio to create a Git-based continuous delivery pipeline let’s take a brief look at some of the monitoring tools made available upon install.

Explore Rio Monitoring Tools

Rio comes with monitoring tools which may be used to visualize what’s happening inside the cluster. Run sudo rio --system ps to get the ENDPOINT URLs:

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Name                          CREATED        ENDPOINT                                           REVISIONS   SCALE     WEIGHT    DETAIL
rio-system/cert-manager       21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      
rio-system/kiali              21 hours ago     v0          1         100%      
rio-system/istio-pilot        21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      
rio-system/istio-gateway      21 hours ago                                                      v0          0/1       100%      
rio-system/istio-citadel      21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      
rio-system/grafana            21 hours ago   v0          1         100%      
rio-system/istio-telemetry    21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      
rio-system/prometheus         21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      
rio-system/webhook            21 hours ago   v0          1         100%      
rio-system/build-controller   21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      
rio-system/registry           21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      
rio-system/controller         21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      
rio-system/activator          21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      
rio-system/autoscaler         21 hours ago                                                      v0          1         100%      

And navigate to the endpoint URLs for kiali and grafana in a browser:

Kiali Console
Provides visualization and observability for your service mesh.
General purpose dashboard for monitoring and metric analytics.

One of Rio’s goals is to automate IT infrastructure to enable more focus on app development. And as we can see this is absolutely the case here. Not only are the tools already configured for us they’re served securely over HTTPS with DNS.

Tip: Authenticate with Kiali using admin as the username and password.

Feel free to experiment with those a bit before moving on. In the next section we’re going to use them to inspect what happens when we configure Rio to for continuous delivery.

Continuous Delivery

One of Rio’s key advantages is its out-of-the-box ability to perform continuous delivery. Before you delete your Travis CI account – not that you can – let’s test out Rio’s CD directly from our host machine. Usage instructions documented in Rio’s Continuous Delivery docs currently hosted on GitHub.

Note: By the time you read this the Rio docs linked will almost certainly be out of date. Visit the Rio website for a link to the latest docs.

From the Continuous Delivery section of the Rio docs:

Rio supports configuration of a Git-based source code repository to deploy the actual workload. It can be as easy as giving Rio a valid Git repository URL.

Valid git repository URLs may use hosted solutions like Bitbucket, GitHub and GitLab. But I’ll be using a URL from my self-hosted Gitea server instead.

Reading on the Rio docs state the repo should have a Dockerfile in the root directory of the repository. So let’s create that first.

Create Dockerfile

If you’re not familiar with Docker I have a some related material you can use to get up to speed. But if you don’t have time for that right now I’ve created a demo repo with a purpose-built Dockerfile you can use to move ahead.

Use Git to clone, fork or mirror the demo repo to your destination of choice:

Demo Repo URL

And observe the contents of the Dockfile in the repo root directory:

FROM cibuilds/hugo AS assetbuilder
COPY . /tmp/site
RUN ["rm","-rf","/tmp/site/themes/after-dark/*"]
RUN tar --strip-components=1 -xzf /var/tmp/after-dark-$AFTERDARK_VERS.tgz -C /tmp/site/themes/after-dark
RUN ["hugo","-d","/var/www","-s","/tmp/site"]
CMD ["hugo","serve","--disableLiveReload","--buildDrafts","--bind","","--port","8080"]

The Dockerfile uses a static generator called Hugo to build and run an After Dark website using the source code located in the demo repo.

You don’t need to have Docker installed to use it. But if you do, you can build the Docker image yourself from the repo root directory by running docker build . to build it:

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Sending build context to Docker daemon  10.14MB
Step 1/8 : FROM cibuilds/hugo AS assetbuilder
 ---> cb296dda4b02
Step 2/8 : ARG AFTERDARK_VERS=9.1.0
 ---> Using cache
 ---> 38f36cd52099
Step 3/8 : COPY . /tmp/site
 ---> cd9fe94146aa
Step 4/8 : RUN ["rm","-rf","/tmp/site/themes/after-dark/*"]
 ---> Running in 11d671a923c6
Removing intermediate container 11d671a923c6
 ---> 6adb001c7458
Step 5/8 : ADD$AFTERDARK_VERS.tgz /var/tmp
Downloading  3.593MB/3.593MB

 ---> f450789544ac
Step 6/8 : RUN tar --strip-components=1 -xzf /var/tmp/after-dark-$AFTERDARK_VERS.tgz -C /tmp/site/themes/after-dark
 ---> Running in cf8b7027ce19
Removing intermediate container cf8b7027ce19
 ---> 8987d2b8792d
Step 7/8 : RUN ["hugo","-d","/var/www","-s","/tmp/site"]
 ---> Running in bb21a8531a4e
Building sites … WARN 2019/08/23 05:25:41 In the next Hugo version (0.58.0) we will change how $home.Pages behaves. If you want to list all regular pages, replace .Pages or .Data.Pages with .Site.RegularPages in your home page template.

                   | EN  
  Pages            |  8  
  Paginator pages  |  0  
  Non-page files   |  0  
  Static files     | 15  
  Processed images |  0  
  Aliases          |  1  
  Sitemaps         |  1  
  Cleaned          |  0  

Total in 26 ms
Removing intermediate container bb21a8531a4e
 ---> c1e3980c4ab3
Step 8/8 : CMD ["hugo","serve","--disableLiveReload","--buildDrafts","--bind","","--port","8080"]
 ---> Running in 19e17532f633
Removing intermediate container 19e17532f633
 ---> b3b60eacd7dd
Successfully built b3b60eacd7dd

Then running it on the localhost on port 8080:

docker run -d -p 8080:8080 $(docker images -q | head -n 1)

And, finally, stopping it with docker stop $(docker ps -qn 1).

With your Dockerfile created and demo repo available via a valid git repo URL you’re ready to use it to run your service using Rio.

Run Service with Rio

Execute rio run as shown here with your own URL:

sudo rio run

Then run sudo rio revision. You should see output like:

Name                           IMAGE   CREATED         SCALE     ENDPOINT                                                     WEIGHT    DETAIL
default/focused-swanson5:v0            9 seconds ago   1

As noted in the Rio docs IMAGE will be empty until the build completes, as which point the service will become active. Check ready state using rio ps:

Name                        CREATED          ENDPOINT                                                 REVISIONS   SCALE     WEIGHT    DETAIL
default/focused-swanson5    17 seconds ago   v0          1         100%      v0: not ready; v0 waiting on build

Notice the DETAIL column says ready state is v0: not ready; v0 waiting on build.

While you wait open the monitoring tools described earlier and take another look around. Notice in Kiali your new application appears now on the Overview tab as well as under Applications, Workloads and Services.

By the time you’re finished your build should be complete. Verify by running rio revision to find an IMAGE and check the DETAIL column output by rio ps as well. If the workload completed as expected ps will output something like:

Name                        CREATED          ENDPOINT                                                  REVISIONS   SCALE     WEIGHT    DETAIL
default/focused-swanson5    2 minutes ago    v0          1         100%      

And Kiali Applications will move from health not available:

To health showing a green checkmark:

At that the new service is ready. But if you try to hit the endpoint you’ll see it’s not very useful yet as it returns a blank page. Let’s remedy that.

Fixing Our Service

To fix the service we need to git push an update to the Dockerfile:

Dockerfile update
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diff --git a/Dockerfile b/Dockerfile
index 7db2f01..944dabd 100644
--- a/Dockerfile
+++ b/Dockerfile
@@ -1,8 +1,9 @@
 FROM cibuilds/hugo AS assetbuilder
+EXPOSE 8080
 COPY . /tmp/site
 RUN ["rm","-rf","/tmp/site/themes/after-dark/*"]
 ADD$AFTERDARK_VERS.tgz /var/tmp
 RUN tar --strip-components=1 -xzf /var/tmp/after-dark-$AFTERDARK_VERS.tgz -C /tmp/site/themes/after-dark
 RUN ["hugo","-d","/var/www","-s","/tmp/site"]
-CMD ["hugo","serve","--disableLiveReload","--buildDrafts","--bind","","--port","8080"]
+CMD ["hugo","serve","--disableLiveReload","--buildDrafts","--bind","","--port","8080","--source","/tmp/site"]

Do this now by reverting the last commit and pushing your changes:

git revert 5cb1a58 && git push origin master

Since Rio already knows about the repo it will poll for changes and rebuild the service automatically. Wait a few seconds then run rio revision:

Name                               IMAGE                                                                              CREATED          SCALE     ENDPOINT                                                         WEIGHT
default/focused-swanson5:v24d9f                                                                                       9 seconds ago    1    0         
default/focused-swanson5:v0        default-focused-swanson5:bfe363c591043a21ceb924bddf97ffb789fa08db                  2 hours ago      1        100

Notice a new service revision was created following the git push to master and versioned using the commit SHA of the commit pushed, or 24d9f in this case.

As before the IMAGE isn’t available yet as the build is still occurring. As a result 100 percent of the WEIGHT remains allocated to v0 of the service. Once the build finishes the image will become available and WEIGHT will redistribute.

Once the weight shifts open the new ENDPOINT in the browser to view the result:

Updated endpoint URL in GNU IceCat

The service is working now all thanks to Rio’s git-based continuous delivery.


If you’re unable to access an ENDPOINT, run the post-install validations once again and validate Rio system components are running and pods ready.

Look for signs of trouble such as:

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NAME                                READY   STATUS             RESTARTS   AGE
activator-657468fc79-xb22t          0/2     ImagePullBackOff   64         4d11h
autoscaler-d7dcb6bf7-57xgs          0/2     ImagePullBackOff   5          4d11h
build-controller-7449fbc8bc-2vxhq   1/2     Running            6          4d11h
cert-manager-7dffb75d8d-bxc6s       0/1     ImagePullBackOff   2          4d11h
controller-7b569d8785-2xsn4         1/1     Running            3          4d11h
grafana-5c6f979f59-sgb47            0/2     ImagePullBackOff   5          4d11h
istio-citadel-79589dc8bc-nzmpc      1/1     Running            3          4d11h
istio-gateway-ghftc                 0/2     ErrImagePull       4          4d11h
istio-pilot-f69cf4f5b-m72pr         0/2     ErrImagePull       4          4d11h
istio-telemetry-7dcb5c78cb-4f4zf    1/2     ImagePullBackOff   5          4d11h
kiali-7b998f55c6-4clrp              1/2     Running            6          4d11h
prometheus-5cd76fdb66-qk6s8         1/1     Running            3          4d11h
registry-7c9d85f977-jwxmc           1/2     Running            6          4d11h
registry-proxy-lltb5                1/1     Running            3          4d11h
rio-controller-f96644854-sbsjs      0/1     ImagePullBackOff   2          4d11h
socat-wx4t6                         1/1     Running            3          4d11h
svclb-istio-gateway-v0-8cpl5        2/2     Running            6          4d11h
webhook-855c97bd7-r82lz             0/1     ImagePullBackOff   2          4d11h

And debug as necessary.

If you’re unable to run k3s kubectl verify your K3s service is running and healthy using sudo systemctl status k3s, use sudo systemctl restart k3s to restart the service and journalctl to dig into host system logs.

Finally, you can check Rio system logs using sudo rio systemlogs to identify potential problems if you’re unable to connect to your services.


In this post I showed you how to perform Git-based continuous delivery using Rio, a MicroPaaS designed for constrained resource environments.

By completing this tutorial you learned:

  • How to install k3s, a lightweight Kubernetes
  • How to install Rio, a MicroPaaS designed at Rancher Labs
  • How to use some of Rio’s data visualization tools
  • How to use Rio to perform continuous delivery with git
  • Some basic debugging techniques for Manjaro, Kubernetes and Rio
  • And you now have an After Dark site with HTTPS and CI

As tools like Rio continue to advance developers can say goodbye to many of the headaches standing in the way of delivering great apps not tomorrow but today.

Still bewildered by Kubernetes? Check out the The Children's Illustrated Guide to Kubernetes by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Hope you enjoyed.