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Restore Data into TiDB in Kubernetes

This document describes how to restore data into a TiDB cluster in Kubernetes using TiDB Lightning.

TiDB Lightning contains two components: tidb-lightning and tikv-importer. In Kubernetes, the tikv-importer is inside the Helm chart of the TiDB cluster. And tikv-importer is deployed as a StatefulSet with replicas=1 while tidb-lightning is in a separate Helm chart and deployed as a Job.

Therefore, both the tikv-importer and tidb-lightning need to be deployed to restore data with TiDB Lightning.

Deploy tikv-importer

The tikv-importer can be enabled for an existing TiDB cluster or for a newly created one.

  • Create a new TiDB cluster with tikv-importer enabled

    1. Set importer.create to true in tidb-cluster values.yaml

    2. Deploy the cluster

      helm install pingcap/tidb-cluster --name=<tidb-cluster-release-name> --namespace=<namespace> -f values.yaml --version=<chart-version>
  • Configure an existing TiDB cluster to enable tikv-importer

    1. Set importer.create to true in the values.yaml file of the TiDB cluster

    2. Upgrade the existing TiDB cluster

      helm upgrade <tidb-cluster-release-name> pingcap/tidb-cluster -f values.yaml --version=<chart-version>

Deploy tidb-lightning

  1. Configure TiDB Lightning

    Use the following command to get the default configuration of TiDB Lightning.

    helm inspect values pingcap/tidb-lightning --version=<chart-version> > tidb-lightning-values.yaml

    TiDB Lightning Helm chart supports both local and remote data source.

    • Local

      Local mode requires the Mydumper backup data to be on one of the Kubernetes node. This mode can be enabled by setting dataSource.local.nodeName to the node name and dataSource.local.hostPath to the Mydumper backup data directory path which contains a file named metadata.

    • Remote

      Unlike local mode, remote mode needs to use rclone to download Mydumper backup tarball file from a network storage to a PV. Any cloud storage supported by rclone should work, but currently only the following have been tested: Google Cloud Storage (GCS), AWS S3, Ceph Object Storage.

      1. Make sure that dataSource.local.nodeName and dataSource.local.hostPath are commented out.

      2. Create a Secret containing the rclone configuration. A sample configuration is listed below. Only one cloud storage configuration is required. For other cloud storages, please refer to rclone documentation.

        apiVersion: v1 kind: Secret metadata: name: cloud-storage-secret type: Opaque stringData: rclone.conf: | [s3] type = s3 provider = AWS env_auth = false access_key_id = <my-access-key> secret_access_key = <my-secret-key> region = us-east-1 [ceph] type = s3 provider = Ceph env_auth = false access_key_id = <my-access-key> secret_access_key = <my-secret-key> endpoint = <ceph-object-store-endpoint> region = :default-placement [gcs] type = google cloud storage # The service account must include Storage Object Viewer role # The content can be retrieved by `cat <service-account-file.json> | jq -c .` service_account_credentials = <service-account-json-file-content>

        Fill in the placeholders with your configurations and save it as secret.yaml, and then create the secret via kubectl apply -f secret.yaml -n <namespace>.

      3. Configure the dataSource.remote.storageClassName to an existing storage class in the Kubernetes cluster.

  2. Deploy TiDB Lightning

    helm install pingcap/tidb-lightning --name=<tidb-lightning-release-name> --namespace=<namespace> --set failFast=true -f tidb-lightning-values.yaml --version=<chart-version>

When TiDB Lightning fails to restore data, it cannot simply be restarted, but manual intervention is required. So the tidb-lightning's Job restart policy is set to Never.

If the lightning fails to restore data, follow the steps below to do manual intervention:

  1. Delete the lightning job by running kubectl delete job -n <namespace> <tidb-lightning-release-name>-tidb-lightning.

  2. Create the lightning job again with failFast disabled by helm template pingcap/tidb-lightning --name <tidb-lightning-release-name> --set failFast=false -f tidb-lightning-values.yaml | kubectl apply -n <namespace> -f -.

  3. When the lightning pod is running again, use kubectl exec -it -n <namesapce> <tidb-lightning-pod-name> sh to exec into the lightning container.

  4. Get the startup script by running cat /proc/1/cmdline.

  5. Diagnose the lightning following the troubleshooting guide.

Destroy TiDB Lightning

Currently, TiDB Lightning can only restore data offline. When the restoration finishes and the TiDB cluster needs to provide service for applications, the TiDB Lightning should be deleted to save cost.

  • To delete tikv-importer:

    1. In values.yaml of the TiDB cluster chart, set importer.create to false.
    2. Run helm upgrade <tidb-cluster-release-name> pingcap/tidb-cluster -f values.yaml.
  • To delete tidb-lightning, run helm delete <tidb-lightning-release-name> --purge.

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