#Snippets

September 09, 2020

#Install Kubernetes on Raspberry Pi OS

We’re going to use k3s, a lightweight Kubernetes distribution, to get the most of our hardware. This tutorial uses a Raspberry Pi 4 and the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS 32-bit (formerly known as Raspbian).

Flash the OS image on your SD Card and, if necessary, add Wi-Fi credentials so you can access it.

Enable cgroups support and disable IPv6 by appending the following on /boot/cmdline.txt (remember that /boot refers to the boot partition on your SD Card).

cgroup_enable=cpuset cgroup_memory=1 cgroup_enable=memory ipv6.disable=1

Personally, I also recommend disabling swap.

dphys-swapfile swapoff && systemctl disable dphys-swapfile.service

If your workloads won’t require GPU, you may want to change the Memory Split to 16 using raspi-config. You’ll have a little extra RAM this way.

Ensure that your OS is using legacy iptables.

iptables -F
update-alternatives --set iptables /usr/sbin/iptables-legacy
update-alternatives --set ip6tables /usr/sbin/ip6tables-legacy

Install and test Docker.

curl -fsSL https://get.docker.com | sh -
# Test if everything is running
docker run hello-world
# Optional: allow the "pi" user to run Docker as well
usermod -aG docker Pi

Install and test k3s.

curl -sfL https://get.k3s.io | INSTALL_K3S_EXEC="--disable=traefik --docker" sh -
# After a minute, you should be able to test it
kubectl get nodes

The kubeconfig yaml will be available at /etc/rancher/k3s/k3s.yaml.

Further reading

Configuration options for k3s

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September 08, 2020

#Use the RGB Cooling HAT, by Yahboom, with Docker on your Raspberry Pi

This tutorial was tested on a Raspberry Pi 4 with RGB Cooling HAT, model “YB-EBV02 VER1.1”, by Yahboom.

The hardware creators do provide installation documentation and official code, but putting all the parts together can be challenging.

If you’re willing to use Docker, you can activate everything with one command (after enabling I2C with raspi-config).

docker run -d --restart unless-stopped --network host --privileged laury/raspberry-pi-rgb-cooling-hat:latest

You can also build the Docker image yourself using the following Dockerfile. Just remember to target ARMv7 architecture. The easiest way to achieve that is to build in the Raspberry Pi itself.

FROM python:2.7

RUN apt update &&\
    apt install -y i2c-tools git

RUN pip install Adafruit-GPIO==1.0.3 \
                Adafruit-BBIO==1.2.0 \
                Adafruit-SSD1306==1.6.2 \
                smbus==1.1.post2 \
                image==1.5.32 \
                vcgencmd==0.1.1

WORKDIR /tmp
RUN git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware.git &&\
    cp -a firmware/hardfp/opt/vc/* /usr

RUN git clone https://github.com/YahboomTechnology/Raspberry-Pi-RGB-Cooling-HAT.git &&\
    unzip Raspberry-Pi-RGB-Cooling-HAT/2.Python\ programming/RGB_Cooling_HAT.zip &&\
    mkdir /app &&\
    cp -a RGB_Cooling_HAT/* /app &&\
    rm -rf /tmp/*

WORKDIR /app
CMD python /app/RGB_Cooling_HAT.py

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August 23, 2020

#Create, test and run a Java project with Gradle using Docker and no IDE

In order to create and manage Java projects, its common to employ the help of an IDE like IntelliJ IDEA or Eclipse.

However, if you would rather use only the command line, Docker can be a great help.

For convenience and reproducibility, create a Dockerfile in your local filesystem with the following contents.

FROM openjdk:14

ENV GRADLE_HOME=/opt/gradle/gradle-6.4.1
ENV PATH=${GRADLE_HOME}/bin:${PATH}

RUN yum install -y wget unzip

RUN wget https://services.gradle.org/distributions/gradle-6.4.1-bin.zip -P /tmp &&\
    unzip -d /opt/gradle /tmp/gradle-*.zip &&\
    rm -rf /tmp/*

Build the Docker image and run a container (takes a while). Again, for convenience, -v and -w are used so that file creations and modifications made inside the container are reflected outside.

docker run --rm -it -v ${PWD}:/app -w /app $(docker build -q .) bash

Now, we can use gradle to create and manage a project from the command line.

# Create a new project
# The "application" template most likely will suit your needs
gradle init

# Run unit tests (if you enabled JUnit during project creation)
gradle test

# Run your code
gradle run

Write source code in src/main/java/<your_package> and test code in src/test/java/<your_package>.

Further reading

Official Gradle guide for Java applications

Docker command line

Gradle command line

List of JUnit Assertions

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March 13, 2020

#How to dump and restore MySQL/MariaDB databases

Options for dumping data:

# Directly
mysqldump --databases $MYSQL_DATABASE -u$MYSQL_USER -p$MYSQL_PASSWORD > dump-`date '+%Y_%m_%d__%H_%M_%S'`.sql

# Docker
docker exec -it <container_name> sh -c 'mysqldump --databases $MYSQL_DATABASE -u$MYSQL_USER -p$MYSQL_PASSWORD' > dump-`date '+%Y_%m_%d__%H_%M_%S'`.sql

# Kubernetes (vulnerable to networking failures)
kubectl -n <namespace> exec deploy/<deploy_name> -- bash -c 'mysqldump --databases $MYSQL_DATABASE -u$MYSQL_USER -p$MYSQL_PASSWORD' > dump-`date '+%Y_%m_%d__%H_%M_%S'`.sql

Additionally, if your database operates in a remote server (like Amazon RDS), you may still use a local Docker container for dumping the data.

# Create a local container with the desired version (in this example, MariaDB 10.4 is used)
docker run -it --rm -v ${PWD}:/dump -w /dump mariadb:10.4 bash

# Get the data
mysqldump -h <hostname> --databases <database_name> -u <database_user> --password='<password>' > dump-`date '+%Y_%m_%d__%H_%M_%S'`.sql

For restoring data, you can use:

mysql -u$MYSQL_USER -p$MYSQL_PASSWORD < dump.sql

If you’re using Docker, you can also place dump files on /docker-entrypoint-initdb.d and those will be imported on the fisrt run. Accepted files types are *.sql, *.sql.gz, and *.sh.

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March 11, 2020

#How to publish Ionic apps on the Google Play Store

For this task, we’re going to use Docker to avoid installing the Android SDK on our computer. This is possible thanks to this ionic Docker image.

# Enter in the container command line
docker run -it --rm --net host --privileged -v /dev/bus/usb:/dev/bus/usb -v ~/.gradle:/root/.gradle -v $PWD:/Sources:rw -v /home/<your_user>/.ssh:/root/.ssh hacklab/ionic:android-28 bash

# Install javascript dependencies
npm install

# Execute Ionic build
ionic cordova platform add android
ionic cordova build android --prod --release

# Sign the generated build
jarsigner -verbose -sigalg SHA1withRSA -digestalg SHA1 -keystore ~/.ssh/<your_keystore> platforms/android/app/build/outputs/apk/release/app-release-unsigned.apk myapp
/opt/android-sdk-linux/build-tools/28.0.3/zipalign -v 4 platforms/android/app/build/outputs/apk/release/app-release-unsigned.apk myapp-2.0.0.apk

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March 10, 2020

#How to dump and restore PostgreSQL databases

Options for dumping data:

# Binary mode
pg_dump -Fc -U $POSTGRES_USER $POSTGRES_DB > dump-`date '+%Y_%m_%d__%H_%M_%S'`.psqlc

# SQL mode
pg_dump -U $POSTGRES_USER $POSTGRES_DB > dump-`date '+%Y_%m_%d__%H_%M_%S'`.sql

# Docker and SQL mode
docker exec -it -u postgres <container_name> sh -c 'pg_dump -U $POSTGRES_USER $POSTGRES_DB' > dump-`date '+%Y_%m_%d__%H_%M_%S'`.sql

# Kubernetes and SQL mode (vulnerable to networking failures)
kubectl -n <namespace> exec deploy/postgres -- sh -c 'pg_dump -U $POSTGRES_USER $POSTGRES_DB' > dump-`date '+%Y_%m_%d__%H_%M_%S'`.sql

Options for restoring data:

# Binary mode
pg_restore -O -U $POSTGRES_USER -c -x -n public -d $POSTGRES_DB dump.psqlc

# SQL mode
psql -d $POSTGRES_DB -a -f /backups/dump.sql

If you’re using Docker, you can also place dump files on /docker-entrypoint-initdb.d and those will be imported on the fisrt run. Accepted files types are *.sql, *.sql.gz, and *.sh.

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July 01, 2019

#Dump and restore data from MongoDB in Docker

# Create the database dump on your server
docker exec <my_mongodb_container> mongodump --archive=/backups/mongodb-`date +%Y%m%d`.gz --gzip --db <database_name>

# Copy it to your local machine, if needed
scp -r <server_user>@<server_ip>:<remote_backup_path> <local_backup_path>

# Restore it directly into a running Docker container
zcat <backup_path> | docker exec -i <my_mongodb_container> mongorestore --archive --drop

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