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Re: Evolving the GitLab runner setup

On Tue, Jun 08, 2021 at 08:39:45AM +0200, Bastian Blank wrote:
> docker-machine is a product by Docker upstream, but is not longer
> developed, without any replacement.  Currently GitLab upstream makes
> heavy use of it, so I have no idea what they are going to do about it.
> But we don't need to depend on it.

I wonder if Kata Containers will end up being a suitable replacement for
it.  There's even an ITP for it, although it's pretty complex and I
think it'll take a significant effort to get into suitable shape.


Firecracker-containerd, a project I started at work, might also be
interesting here.


> So, out with the old, in with the new.  Introducing an all new
> lightweight driver for GitLab runner, using Podman, qemu, cloud-init and
> systemd user services writen in our "favorite" language shell.

Very nice!

> It uses Podman, the prefered solution everywhere Docker fell into
> disgrace.  It uses cloud-init to setup everything inside the VM, so it
> can run with plain Debian images (Bullseye and Sid for the included
> Podman).  And it uses systemd to handle all the lifetime stuff, so all
> lost VM will be forcefully removed after a preset timespan.
> Code and some documentation can be found here:
> https://salsa.debian.org/cloud-admin-team/debian-cloud-gitlab-runner-driver

I'm not sure I'd agree with your statement about Podman being preferred
in any serious way, but that's fine.  :) I think it'll be entirely
acceptable here.  Thanks for working on this!

> I intend to do that change in the next days.  Let's hope it is as stable
> as required.



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