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This page contains instructions on how to debug KubeVirt.

This is useful to both KubeVirt developers and advanced users that would like to gain deep understanding on what's happening behind the scenes.

Log Verbosity

KubeVirt produces a lot of logging throughout its codebase. Some log entries have a verbosity level defined to them. The verbosity level that's defined for a log entry determines the minimum verbosity level in order to expose the log entry.

In code, the log entry looks similar to: log.Log.V(verbosity).Infof("...") while verbosity is the minimum verbosity level for this entry.

For example, if the log verbosity for some log entry is 3, then the log would be exposed only if the log verbosity is defined to be equal or greater than 3, or else it would be filtered out.

Currently, log verbosity can be defined per-component or per-node. The most updated API is detailed here.

Setting verbosity per KubeVirt component

One way of raising log verbosity is to manually determine it for the different components in KubeVirt CR:

kind: KubeVirt
  name: kubevirt
  namespace: kubevirt
        virtLauncher: 2
        virtHandler: 3
        virtController: 4
        virtAPI: 5
        virtOperator: 6

This option is best for debugging specific components.

Setting verbosity per nodes

Another way is to set verbosity level per node:

kind: KubeVirt
  name: kubevirt
  namespace: kubevirt
        "node01": 4
        "otherNodeName": 6

nodeVerbosity is essentially a map from string to int when the key is the node name and the value is the verbosity level. The verbosity level would be defined for all the different components in that node (e.g. virt-handler, virt-launcher, etc).

How to retrieve KubeVirt components' logs

In Kubernetes, logs are defined at the Pod level. Therefore, first it's needed to list the Pods of KubeVirt's core components. In order to do that we can first list the Pods under KubeVirt's install namespace.

For example:

$> kubectl get pods -n <KubeVirt Install Namespace>
NAME                               READY   STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
disks-images-provider-7gqbc        1/1     Running   0          32m
disks-images-provider-vg4kx        1/1     Running   0          32m
virt-api-57fcc4497b-7qfmc          1/1     Running   0          31m
virt-api-57fcc4497b-tx9nc          1/1     Running   0          31m
virt-controller-76c784655f-7fp6m   1/1     Running   0          30m
virt-controller-76c784655f-f4pbd   1/1     Running   0          30m
virt-handler-2m86x                 1/1     Running   0          30m
virt-handler-9qs6z                 1/1     Running   0          30m
virt-operator-7ccfdbf65f-q5snk     1/1     Running   0          32m
virt-operator-7ccfdbf65f-vllz8     1/1     Running   0          32m

Then, we can pick one of the pods and fetch its logs. For example:

$> kubectl logs -n <KubeVirt Install Namespace> virt-handler-2m86x | head -n8
{"component":"virt-handler","level":"info","msg":"set verbosity to 2","pos":"virt-handler.go:453","timestamp":"2022-04-17T08:58:37.373695Z"}
{"component":"virt-handler","level":"info","msg":"set verbosity to 2","pos":"virt-handler.go:453","timestamp":"2022-04-17T08:58:37.373726Z"}
{"component":"virt-handler","level":"info","msg":"setting rate limiter to 5 QPS and 10 Burst","pos":"virt-handler.go:462","timestamp":"2022-04-17T08:58:37.373782Z"}
{"component":"virt-handler","level":"info","msg":"CPU features of a minimum baseline CPU model: map[apic:true clflush:true cmov:true cx16:true cx8:true de:true fpu:true fxsr:true lahf_lm:true lm:true mca:true mce:true mmx:true msr:true mtrr:true nx:true pae:true pat:true pge:true pni:true pse:true pse36:true sep:true sse:true sse2:true sse4.1:true ssse3:true syscall:true tsc:true]","pos":"cpu_plugin.go:96","timestamp":"2022-04-17T08:58:37.390221Z"}
{"component":"virt-handler","level":"warning","msg":"host model mode is expected to contain only one model","pos":"cpu_plugin.go:103","timestamp":"2022-04-17T08:58:37.390263Z"}
{"component":"virt-handler","level":"info","msg":"node-labeller is running","pos":"node_labeller.go:94","timestamp":"2022-04-17T08:58:37.391011Z"}

Obviously, for both examples above, <KubeVirt Install Namespace> needs to be replaced with the actual namespace KubeVirt is installed in.