Understanding Reconciliation Status

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From Tyk Operator v0.15.0, we introduce a new status subresource in APIDefinition CRD, called latestTransaction which holds information about reconciliation status.

The Status subresource in Kubernetes is a specialised endpoint that allows developers and operators to retrieve the real-time status of a specific Kubernetes resource. By querying this subresource, users can efficiently access essential information about a resource’s current state, conditions, and other relevant details without fetching the entire resource, simplifying monitoring and aiding in prompt decision-making and issue resolution.

The new status subresource latestTransaction consists of a couple of fields that show the latest result of the reconciliation:

  • .status.latestTransaction.status: shows the status of the latest reconciliation, either Successful or Failed;
  • .status.latestTransaction.time: shows the time of the latest reconciliation;
  • .status.latestTransaction.error: shows the message of an error if observed in the latest transaction.

Example: Find out why an APIDefinition resource cannot be deleted

Consider the scenario when APIDefinition and SecurityPolicy are connected. Usually, APIDefinition cannot be deleted directly since it is protected by SecurityPolicy. The proper approach to remove an APIDefinition is to first remove the reference to the SecurityPolicy (either by deleting the SecurityPolicy CR or updating SecurityPolicy CR’s specification), and then remove the APIDefinition itself. However, if we directly delete this APIDefinition, Tyk Operator won’t delete the APIDefinition unless the link between SecurityPolicy and APIDefinition is removed. It is to protect the referential integrity between your resources.

$ kubectl delete tykapis httpbin 
apidefinition.tyk.tyk.io "httpbin" deleted 

After deleting APIDefinition, the operation hangs, and we suspect that something is wrong. Users might still look through the logs to comprehend the issue, as they did in the past, but they can now examine their APIDefinition’s status subresource to make their initial, speedy issue diagnosis.

$ kubectl get tykapis httpbin 
httpbin            /httpbin     http://httpbin.org   true      Failed

As seen in the STATUS column, something went wrong, and the STATUS is Failed.

To get more information about the APIDefinition resource, we can use kubectl describe or kubectl get:

$ kubectl describe tykapis httpbin 
Name:         httpbin 
Namespace:    default 
API Version:  tyk.tyk.io/v1alpha1 
Kind:         ApiDefinition 
  api_id:                ZGVmYXVsdC9odHRwYmlu
  Latest CRD Spec Hash:  9169537376206027578
  Latest Transaction:
    Error:               unable to delete api due to security policy dependency=default/httpbin
    Status:              Failed
    Time:                2023-07-18T07:26:45Z
  Latest Tyk Spec Hash:  14558493065514264307
    Name:       httpbin
    Namespace:  default


$ kubectl get tykapis httpbin -o json | jq .status.latestTransaction
  "error": "unable to delete api due to security policy dependency=default/httpbin",
  "status": "Failed",
  "time": "2023-07-18T07:26:45Z"

Instead of digging into Tyk Operator’s logs, we can now diagnose this issue simply by looking at the .status.latestTransaction field. As .status.latestTransaction.error implies, the error is related to SecurityPolicy dependency.