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Run a set of Ignite VMs with Footloose

If you think of Firecracker as runc, you can think of Ignite as docker. Is there then any docker-compose thing for Ignite?

Yes, Footloose. With Footloose, you can run containers as Virtual Machines in two modes, either using docker or ignite.

docker isolation with Footloose is good for environments where KVM is not enabled (e.g. public CI providers, Macs, etc.), and ignite isolation is good when you want to run real VMs.


Install Footloose 0.6.0 or higher like this:

export VERSION=0.6.0
curl -sLo footloose${VERSION}/footloose-${VERSION}-linux-x86_64
chmod +x footloose
sudo mv footloose /usr/local/bin/

Get Started

This how you can have Footloose invoke Ignite in a declaratively manner, using a file containing an API object.

An example file as follows:

# footloose.yaml
  name: cluster
  privateKey: cluster-key
- count: 3
    image: weaveworks/ignite-ubuntu:latest
    name: vm%d
    - containerPort: 22
    # This is by default "docker". However, just set this to "ignite" and it'll work with Ignite :)
    backend: ignite
    # Optional configuration parameters for ignite:
      cpus: 2
      memory: 1GB
      diskSize: 5GB
      kernel: "weaveworks/ignite-kernel:4.19.47"

This Footloose API object specifies an Ignite VM with 2 vCPUs, 1GB of RAM, weaveworks/ignite-kernel:4.19.47 kernel and 5GB of disk.

Given that you have Footloose and Ignite installed, and the above file created as footloose.yaml in the current directory, you can run

$ footloose create
INFO[0000] Docker Image: weaveworks/ignite-ubuntu:latest present locally 
INFO[0000] Creating machine: cluster-vm0 ...
INFO[0002] Creating machine: cluster-vm1 ...
INFO[0004] Creating machine: cluster-vm2 ...

SSH into the VM:

$ footloose ssh vm0
Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS (GNU/Linux 4.19.47 x86_64)

 * Documentation:
 * Management:
 * Support:
This system has been minimized by removing packages and content that are
not required on a system that users do not log into.

To restore this content, you can run the 'unminimize' command.

The programs included with the Ubuntu system are free software;
the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the
individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright.

Ubuntu comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by
applicable law.


Run the following to stop the VMs:

$ footloose stop
INFO[0000] Stopping machine: cluster-vm0 ...
INFO[0002] Stopping machine: cluster-vm1 ...
INFO[0004] Stopping machine: cluster-vm2 ...

For more information check out the Footloose README.