A service group is a logical grouping of services with the same package and topology type connected together across a Supervisor network. They are created to share configuration and file updates among the services within those groups and can be segmented based on workflow or deployment needs (QA, Production, and so on). Updates can also be encrypted so that only members of a specific service group can decrypt the contents.
By default, every service joins the
service-name.default service group unless
otherwise specified at runtime.
In addition, multiple service groups can reside in the same Supervisor network. This allows data exposed by Supervisors to be shared with other members of the ring, regardless of which group they are in.
To join services together in a group, they must be running on Supervisors that
are participating in the same Supervisor gossip network (i.e., they are ultimately
peered together), and they must be using the same group name. To illustrate, we’ll
core/redis services joining into the same group.
First, we’ll start up two Supervisors on different hosts, peering the second one back to the first.
$ hab sup run # on 172.18.0.2 (Supervisor A) hab-sup(MR): Supervisor Member-ID e89b6616d2c040c8a82f475b00ba8c69 hab-sup(MR): Starting gossip-listener on 0.0.0.0:9638 hab-sup(MR): Starting ctl-gateway on 0.0.0.0:9632 hab-sup(MR): Starting http-gateway on 0.0.0.0:9631
$ hab sup run --peer=172.18.0.2:9638 # on 172.18.0.3 (Supervisor B) hab-sup(MR): Supervisor Member-ID bc8dc23243e44fee8ea7b9023073c28a hab-sup(MR): Starting gossip-listener on 0.0.0.0:9638 hab-sup(MR): Starting ctl-gateway on 0.0.0.0:9632 hab-sup(MR): Starting http-gateway on 0.0.0.0:9631
Now, run the following on each Supervisor to load
core/redis in the “prod” group:
hab svc load core/redis --group=prod
Each will start up, and will be joined into the same group; here is Supervisor A’s output:
And here is Supervisor B’s output:
Note that they are both listening on the same port.
To prove they are in the same group, we can apply a configuration change; if they are in the same group, they should both receive the change.
Let’s change the port they’re running on using the
hab config apply command, run from Supervisor A.
echo 'port = 2112' | hab config apply redis.prod 1
Both service instances restart with the new configuration. Supervisor A’s output is:
and Supervisor B’s output is:
Note that they have both restarted (as evidenced by the new PID values), and that both are now running on port 2112, as we instructed.
Had the services been in different groups, the configuration change would not have
applied to both of them (it was targeted at
redis.prod). If the Supervisors has
not been in gossip communication (achieved here through the use of the
option when Supervisor B was started), the configuration rumor (injected into
Supervisor A’s gossip network) would not have made it to
core/redis service running
on Supervisor B.
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