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Configuration for rootless podman and buildah📜

There is special k8s node configuration required for running rootless podman or buildah in a Gitlab CI pipeline. You will see an error like this

cannot clone: Invalid argument
user namespaces are not enabled in /proc/sys/user/max_user_namespaces
Error: Cannot connect to the Podman socket, make sure there is a Podman REST API service running.
On nodes where gitlab-runners execute user.max_user_namespaces must be set.
sysctl user.max_user_namespaces=28633
Here is an example of an Ansible script
- name: Configure sysctl on gitlab-runner nodes to allow rootless podman builds
  hosts: all
  become: yes
  - name: Enable user namespaces
      name: user.max_user_namespaces
      value: 28633
      state: present
      reload: yes
      sysctl_set: yes
    when: node_pool == "gitlab-runner"
Example pipeline scripts. You will need to pass a storage-diver argument
buildah bud --format=docker --storage-driver=vfs "${IMAGE_TAG}" .

buildah tag --storage-driver=vfs "${IMAGE_REGISTRY_REPO}" "${IMAGE_FULLTAG}"

buildah push --storage-driver=vfs --authfile staging_auth.json --digestfile="${ARTIFACT_DIR}/digest" "${IMAGE_FULLTAG}"

Last update: 2022-09-21 by Ryan Garcia