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Changing things up

This tutorial will show you how to create a custom configuration file for your project by modifying a project generated with the --component-config flag passed to the init command. The full tutorial’s source can be found here. Make sure you’ve gone through the installation steps before continuing.

New project:

# we'll use a domain of,
# so all API groups will be <group>
kubebuilder init --domain --component-config

Setting up an exising project

If you’ve previously generated a project we can add support for parsing the config file by making the following changes to main.go.

First, add a new flag to specify the path that the component config file should be loaded from.

var configFile string
flag.StringVar(&configFile, "config", "",
    "The controller will load its initial configuration from this file. "+
        "Omit this flag to use the default configuration values. "+
            "Command-line flags override configuration from this file.")

Now, we can setup the Options struct and check if the configFile is set, this allows backwards compatibility, if it’s set we’ll then use the AndFrom function on Options to parse and populate the Options from the config.

var err error
options := ctrl.Options{Scheme: scheme}
if configFile != "" {
    options, err = options.AndFrom(ctrl.ConfigFile().AtPath(configFile))
    if err != nil {
        setupLog.Error(err, "unable to load the config file")

Lastly, we’ll change the NewManager call to use the options varible we defined above.

mgr, err := ctrl.NewManager(ctrl.GetConfigOrDie(), options)

With that out of the way, we can get on to defining our new config!